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“Small, but interesting”
Review of Zwaanendael Museum

Zwaanendael Museum
Ranked #7 of 52 things to do in Lewes
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Owner description: This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.
Reviewed August 11, 2012

This museum is really quite interesting although it is small. You can learn about early Delaware history and view some very interesting artifacts. There's fascinating information on Annie Jump Cannon, the female astronomer, who was apparently a Delaware native.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

I try to visit the Zwaanendael Museum every time that I am in the Lewes area. The museum is a beautiful building that looks like the town hall in Hoorn, Holland. It was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first Dutch settlement in Delaware. It is a small museum, but it includes very interesting archaelogical, military, and maritime historical objects--and it is FREE. Don't forget to go upstairs to see the Fiji Merman! The outside grounds are also beautiful, and a walk around town and near the water is a must.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This museum was such a treat for us. We are from Albany and so are very aware of the Dutch history in our city but were not aware the Dutch had been so far south. Imagine our surprise when we found this museum which is an exact replica of the town hall in Hoorn, Netherlands, which we visited several years ago. We had very interesting conversation with the curator at this museum and learned things we were not aware of. It is a small museum but very well done.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

This beautiful building is in the middle of town in a lush green grass park with many shade trees. It is a one room museum so you learn enough before you get overloaded with information. The Lewes Historical Society home site is nearby with tall trees and historic houses. It is very short walk to Second Street where you will find eateries, all sorts of shops, P.A.W.S., the local pet shop and Lewes Bake Shop where the locals get their morning coffee and treats.
Lewes is a very dog friendly town. Most shops have bowls of water out front. Citizen's Bank, PAWS, the coffee shop, all welcome dogs with their parents to stop in and say hello and get a treat ( the dogs, unless you have a taste for dog biscuits!). Walk over to the Canal and watch the boats go by to finish up a pleasant visit.

1  Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Museum that depicts the early life of the people who settled in the "First City in the First State". Very well arranged, an easy museum visit, with interesting artifacts found off the coast from shipwrecks and friendly associates.

Thank DeeMiddletown
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