Their mission is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, families and students within the Mid-Atlantic region through meaningful arts education and the production of grand opera and intimate opera concerts, featuring established and emerging talent.
The Zoo features animals from the tropical and temperate areas of North and South America, Asia and Africa. Their animals range from more common species to the highly endangered. All enjoy natural settings and welcome your visit to the zoo.
Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
The purpose of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans and it is headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus in the Delaware History Museum.
First State Ballet Theatre
First State Ballet Theatre—Delaware’s professional ballet company and the finest company in Delaware history—has written an unparalleled chapter of artistic, educational and financial achievement in Delaware dance history and is the only major Delaware performing arts company to present a statewide season with regular performances in theaters and schools in all three counties from Wilmington to the Beach.
Delaware Theatre Company
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts fueled America’s regional theatre movement. As a result, by the late 70s, there were resident professional theatres from coast to coast. Many of these new theatres (like their “Off-Off-Broadway” counterparts) found abandoned properties and turned them into performance spaces. And Wilmington was no exception.
Delaware Children's Theatre
In that time, it has grown to meet the needs of the community it serves. The DCT mission and goals have remained constant: to enrich our Children’s cultural life, to help young talent find its way to the stage, to continue a tradition of affordable quality theatre, to entertain families with exceptional theatrical experiences, and to preserve our Historic Theatre House for generations to come
City Theater Company
The mission of City Theater Company is to create a body of work for the stage that is consistently high-quality, provocative and new; a body of work that takes risks and breaks barriers in order to engage new theater audiences in an exciting exchange of ideas, images and energies.
Delaware History Museum
Over the next 15 decades, the organization refined its stated purpose to reflect both a changing society and the evolution of the public history profession. The mission of the Delaware Historical Society today is to serve as the statewide, non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.
Read House & Gardens
Outside formal gardens installed in 1848 provided enjoyment for the late nineteenth and early twentieth century residents and continue to delight visitors today. Beneath the soil the layerd history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.
Hendrickson House Museum and Old Swedes Church
Come visit us and see what life was like in the New Sweden Colony under the Swedish, Dutch, English, and American flags. Learn more about life in the Delaware colony in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and how it came to be known as The First State.
Winterthur Museum Garden and Library
Explore and enjoy the country estate of Henry Francis du Pont. The museum offers the world's premier collection of American decorative arts from between 1640 and 1840. Stroll in the 60-acre garden and delight in the children’s Enchanted Woods. Shopping, dining and special events are also features of this historic Brandywine Valley estate.
Hagley Museum and Library
The Hagley Museum & Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. View early American Industry with restored mills, a worker’s community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Discover an outstanding collection of American art housed in a nineteenth-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River. Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.
Delaware Art Museum
The distinguished collections of the Delaware Art Museum are comprised of 12,000 works of art and focus on American Art of the 19th through the 21st centuries and English Pre-Raphaelite art of the mid-19th century. Its outstanding overview of the evolution of American art includes a pivotal collection of works from the "Golden Age" of American illustration and the country's largest collection of the work of John Sloan.
Rockwood Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an excellent example of Rural Gothic architecture. Built from 1851-1857 for Joseph Shipley, the mansion was situated within 300 acres of woods. Today, 12 rooms are open to the public, along with 72 acres of serene parkland containing six acres of formally landscaped gardens and 2.6 miles of paved hiking trails.
Delaware Children's Museum
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
The DCCA, founded in 1979, presents over 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Encounter life-sized dinosaurs, look beneath the seas, experience an African watering hole, come face-to-face with a jaguar and marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
This opulent 102-room Louis XVI-style chateau was built 1909-10 as the home of Alfred I. du Pont. 36 rooms are featured on the tour, featuring fine antique furniture, rugs, tapestries, paintings, and china. Nemours is home to the largest formal garden in North America, with 300 acres filled with fountains and sculpture, and antiquities including gates once owned by Catherine the Great and Henry VIII.
Longwood Gardens, sometimes referred to as the Du Pont Gardens, was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont. Attracting nearly one million visitors annually, Longwood Gardens features 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens, and 20 indoor gardens with 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses.
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
The Playhouse on Rodney Square is the oldest continually operating legitimate theatre in the nation. Located at the Hotel du Pont, the brightest stars of stage and screen have lit the Wilmington skyline and graced the lovely Victorian stage since 1913. Known to residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland as "Delaware's Broadway Experience" the theatre presents a professional Broadway series for avid theatre lovers and an acclaimed Children's Series that entertains and inspires more than 30,000 children each year.
World Cafe Live at the Queen
World Cafe Live was built on a simple insight: that a place dedicated to showcasing live music should be a place that attracts and inspires live musicians. The result is a three-tiered music hall in which every detail has been designed to optimize the live performance experience, from sight lines, lighting and acoustics to green rooms, equipment access and concierge service.
Located in the completely refurbished Queen Theater, the venue operates on two levels:
- Upstairs Live: A casual restaurant & bar with an intimate live music stage.
- Downstairs Live: A spectacular live music space with full kitchen & bar.
Both rooms feature clear sight lines, pristine acoustics, comfortable seating and live performances by outstanding artists from across the musical spectrum.
The Grand presents more than 75 shows each season, ranging from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, with jazz, folk, and family artists as well. The Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, and First State Ballet Theatre are all in residence at The Grand, presenting full schedules in each of their disciplines. Between The Grand, its resident performing companies, and rentals, the building hosts more than 300 events a year bringing more than 120,000 people into downtown Wilmington and through its doors.
HOTEL DU PONT
42 W 11th Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801, USA