Make the three museums of the New Castle Historical Society, The Amstel House, The Dutch House and The Old Library Museum, your first stop when you visit Historic New Castle. The town's cobblestones almost ring with the echoes of its diverse past. We'll share with you stories of three centuries of New Castle life, including Dutch colonists, revolutionary leaders, and 19th century Americans.


New Castle Historical Society, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 322-2794
New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal
Winter Hours, Open: Friday and Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm   ♦   Sunday, 11:30am-4:00pm
Society Office:
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm

Current News

Annual Fundraiser 2017 — Bootlegger's Bash — Saturday, February 25

Bootlegger's Bash is back by popular demand, and tickets are on sale now. Click here for more info!

Colonial School District Information sessions at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal

Saturday, February 11 at 11 am and Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm.
The Colonial School District and the New Castle Historical Society created a great relationship over the past couple of years. Through the Power of WE strategic vision, community partnerships play a critical role in the education of Colonial students everyday. From the innovative classes at William Penn, to the redesign of the middle schools and the opportunities for community partnerships in our elementary schools, Colonial is a district like none other. In order to continue progressing forward, Colonial will be going to referendum on February 28th. We encourage you to attend these meetings to learn more about our partnership and how Colonial needs your support in the months ahead.

Wintery Wednesday Lecture Series
7 pm at The Arsenal – Feb 8, Feb 15, and Feb 22. For more details click here!

New Castle Cookbook
NCHS has a new cookbook out, with recipes donated from people throughout town. The cookbooks are $12 each, with our members saving 10% off of this, and all of their purchases from the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal. Interested in buying several as gifts? We also have a bulk rate price for purchases of 5 or more books of $10.50 per book (plus an extra 10% off for members). For the bulk rate price, all books must be purchased at one time. Matching notecards with illustrations from the cookbook, by Sara Hutchinson are available as well. The notecards are available for a discounted price if they are purchased with a cookbook. Call or stop in the Visitor Center to buy your cookbooks and notecards today!

NCHS AudioWalk Tour Available Online
Our AudioWalk self-guided walking tour is the perfect way for individuals to learn about New Castle's history while exploring this National Historic Landmark District at their own pace. The New Castle AudioWalk is available for download as an .MP3 file from our website to add to your personal device or listen to at home. Click here for more information about our AudioWalk

Museums Will Reopen for Tours
The Amstel House & Dutch House will reopen April 1 for walk-in daily tours and reserved group visits. Tickets can now be purchased at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in Old New Castle. For more information about daily house tours when we reopen, please view: VISITING THE HOUSES.
We can accommodate private, scheduled group tours of 10 or more during the off-season and throughout the year. For more information about group tours, please view: GROUP TOUR INFORMATION

To schedule a field trip for your group, please visit:

Join or Renew your NCHS Membership

It's time for our annual membership drive! To join or renew your membership online, please visit our Online Membership Form.
To find out more about membership and benefits, please visit our Membership Benefits Page.
Thank you for your support!

The Arsenal Gets Social!
The Arsenal on FacebookIn early 2015, NCHS moved offices and headquarters to The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in New Castle. The Arsenal now houses our newly expanded Museum Shop and Visitor Center, Society Office and archives and collections. In addition, The Arsenal is also available for rental to host private parties and events. Current NCHS Members also receive a discount on event rentals. This spectacular building, rich in history, is the perfect backdrop to your next function! For more information about event rentals, please contact our office at 302-322-2794.

In addition, The Arsenal has gone "social" ~ be sure to follow The Arsenal on Facebook and on Instagram for photos, events and sneak peeks inside this historic landmark in Old New Castle.


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