Seaford Museum

203 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973

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OUR SUMMER EXHIBIT

Dr. Jane Rigby

and the

Webb Space Telescope

In recognition of Seaford native and recipient of the

2024 Presidential Medal of Freedom

“Dr. Rigby sparks a sense of wonder deep in our souls.” – President Joe Biden

Opens June 21, 2024

This special exhibit features images from the James Webb Space Telescope and the story of it’s Chief Scientist In Charge,  Seaford High School graduate Dr. Jane Rigby.

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The Seaford Museum has been called a jewel; one of the best museums in the state. It is very unusual in that volunteers have been responsible for saving and converting the town’s old post office into a fine museum. Everything from the concept and design, the construction of walls and cases, the written signage, and the gift shop are all the work of locals. It is truly the definition of community.

The museum depicts a professional level few museums ever reach with state-of-the-art air management and high tech fiber optic lighting, a variety of kiosks, and unique displays and interactives.

Opened in 2003, the museum has thousands of local artifacts following a timeline of United States, Delaware, and area history. It begins with the area’s natural resources and the Nanticoke Indians, and winds its way through history to the 21st century with the world’s first synthetic fiber, a nylon spinning machine. Other exhibits focus on early agriculture, shipbuilding, canning, the poultry industry, railroads, Black River Pilots, and the Nanticoke River’s connection with the Chesapeake Bay.

Meet Patty Cannon, the greatest murderess in U.S. history. Long before women had the right to vote, she ran a gang of 60 people for over 30 years committing crimes in cities along the Atlantic Seaboard. She stole more than Jessie James and ran a successful gang longer than the famous Al Capone! Her gang was even bigger than “public enemy number one”; Bonnie and Clyde’s “Barrow Gang”. You can decide whether she was guilty or innocent.

Or, spend time with Governor William Ross and his lovely wife, Elizabeth, see odd things like an antique bottle of ketchup, how the government spied on its postal workers, and much more. You will never look at history the same way again.

The Seaford Museum includes a changing exhibit gallery, a general information area, and a gift shop. It is located in downtown Seaford on High Street in the restored 1930’s post office building. It is a treasure you will not want to miss.

Jack Lewis Murals

Detail of Mural by Jack Lewis

The Seaford Museum is proud to have two murals by famed artist Jack Lewis. The first, at more than 30′ long, spans the entire length of the museum’s lobby. Depicting vignettes of life in Seaford from the late 1890’s, the mural provides a good introduction to your tour through Seaford’s history. Scenes of Seaford life in the 1960s are depicted in the second, smaller mural in our Webb Exhibit Room. An information brochure about the murals and the artist is available in the museum lobby.

Visiting the Seaford Museum

Self-guided tours. Tour time 1 – 2 hours. 

Tickets: $7 per adult, children 12 and under and Members free.

Combo Tickets for Museum and Ross Mansion are $12

To schedule a tour outside of regular hours, call 302-628-9828 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com at least 48 hours in advance of desired appointment time.

Free parking in lot on east side of museum.

We recommend RV’s and busses park on Conwell St.

The Museum is handicapped accessible.

Gov. Ross Mansion

ROSS MANSION TEMPORARILY CLOSED

REOPENING SOON!

Due to ongoing restoration work, Ross Mansion will be closed periodically over the next several months. Please check the website for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information call 302-628-9500 or email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

Seaford Museum

     NEW HOURS Starting June 21, 2024

          Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          + the FIRST SUNDAY of Every Month 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

     Private tours available by appointment.

          Call 302-628-9828

          Email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com

          Follow this link for GROUP TOUR information.

Historical Society Office Hours

     Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

     Call 302-628-9828

     Email admin@seafordhistoricalsociety.com