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“Interesting histories”
Review of Zwaanendael Museum

Zwaanendael Museum
Ranked #9 of 51 things to do in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Interesting histories”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is Lewes' historic museum and the current displays concentrate on two wrecks that have been recovered recently, one the De Braak, a British frigate from the War of 1812, whose remains can be seen in a marsh I believe, if you take the once-a-week tour--I just saw the photos. The other exhibit is of the remains, debris really, that was found when a dredger "excavated" the stores on a sunken trading ship from the 1770s. What is so intersting is the huge variety of goods found on the ship, and the fact that they came from all over the world--an indication of the extent of globalized trade even in the eighteenth century. The exhibits were really brought alive by the excellent, well-informed and very helpful volunteer curators there. All in all well worth a visit, especially as the museum is free.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Little Disappointed”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

My experience their was not what I expected. I had hopped it would be more about Lewes, but it was mostly about a ship I did not care about and had very little to do with Lewes. The staff was very nice however.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Eugene S
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Good, Shows the Sea Influence”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

While not a large museum, its collection has a focus and is orienting to the area, memorable. Show and understanding of the sea.

Visited July 2013
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Thank PeterNMI
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small and a little confusing”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We went to the museum because we thought it was about the settlement of the town of Lewes, a Dutch colony. Instead, there was an exhibit about air travel, the war of 1812 and some other small exhibits that I don't recall. Wish it was more about the Dutch settlement and the history of the town of Lewes.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Linda G
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New Castle, Delaware
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great display of historic artifacts and maritime info”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Love learning about the discovery of Lewes by the Dutch and seeing the display of interesting artifacts found on the sunken ship HMS Debraak. Fantastic how the museum was designed after original town hall in Hoorn in Holland.

Visited June 2013
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