Permanent Exhibits and Historic Buildings
Dear Museum Patrons - we encourage you to browse the exhibits in our main museum and the buildings in historic 1890's village online before your visit. This will help you to make the most of your time at the musem.
Main Exhibit Hall: witness technological advances made by possible by Delawareans; the industries they founded, made flourish, and in some cases, lost. This is the so-called simple life... a life of sharing, back breaking work and invention. Click here for a preview: Great Hall Exhibits
Loockerman Landing: illustrates life in a rural Delaware village in the 1890s. Visit the General Store, whose proprietor has just stepped out; the Farmhouse where the midday meal is being prepared; the School House where lessons have been interrupted for the day; the train station Train Station where the mail has just arrived on the afternoon train and the Church where preparations are already underway for Sunday services. Afterwards, visit the Blacksmith and Wheel-Wright Shops for horse shoes and wagon wheels; the Mill to pick up flour for bread, and last but not least, the Barbershop for a quick trim and a bit of local gossip!
“GRANDMA’s WASH DAY”
The exhibit traces the evolution of devices and machines (dating from the mid-1800’s to 1933) that were used to launder clothes and various household items. Museum visitors are invited to travel back in time to the good old days when cutting edge inventions made doing the laundry a breeze.
Many thanks to the following museum volunteers who curated the exhibit: Maegan Peterman (research and design), Don Boon (machine restoration) and Richie Shehorn (machine restoration). Special thanks to Dennis Kund for creating the beautiful exhibit panels!