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
Open: Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm   ♦   Sunday, 11:30am-4:00pm
Society Office:
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Current News

Annual Appeal 2016

Our Annual Appeal drive is underway. Each year, we ask for your continued patronage for our Society's core needs. Your tax-deductible gift is vital to support our Society's mission to preserve and educate so we can continue to inspire our visitors for generations to come. Donate to the New Castle Historical Society through the PayPal Giving Fund, and 101% of your donation amount is given to the Society through the end of 2016! To donate through the fund, you must have a PayPal account. Click on this link to be taken to the Giving Fund page - PayPal Giving Fund Donation

What if you do not have a PayPal account and you are not interested in creating one? You can still make your donation online to NCHS with a credit card. Please click on the "Donate" button below and you will be directed to a secure PayPal page (no account required) for checkout. In the "Special Instructions to Charity" box, please put Annual Appeal. Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

New Castle Cookbook, just in time for the holidays!
NCHS has a new cookbook coming out, with recipes donated from people throughout town. Order today to get our pre-sale prices (available through 4:30 pm on December 9) or $9.50 for NCHS members or $10.50 for non-members. Once A Dickens Experience starts with the Fezziwig Ball, the price will go to the normal rate of $12 per cookbook. 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. Call or stop in the Visitor Center to buy your cookbooks 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 Open 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 accomodate private, scheduled group tours of 10 or more during the off-season. 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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