Established in 1983, the Milford museum is located in downtown Milford’s original post office building at 121 South Walnut Street. The museum offers visitors a tour of Milford’s fascinating history dating back to 1787. The exhibition storehouse is operated by a commission of the city of Milford and owned by the state’s division of cultural affairs.
Milford museum portrays the history of Milford using artifacts, photographs, and stories from residents from the 1700s to the present.
With funds from state restoration, the building has recently been revamped with new handicapped access ramps, resurfaced parking lot, and fixed leaking roofs. The security and fire systems have also been upgraded. The community and staff contributed by repainting interior galleries, improving signages, changing exhibits, and putting up more display items.
The museum has permanent and changing exhibits, galleries, and a research library for Delaware publications. It has so far collected over 15,000 artifacts and 3,500 images.
Permanent exhibits include; Local historical events from the 1700s to the present, Shipbuilding, Local businesses. A “Thank You for your Service” exhibit recognizes Delaware residents who served in the military from the revolutionary war to the present.
Other exhibits include; Historic doll collections, Victorian silverware, Delaware ladybugs, and Early Milford baseball.
The Milford museum has not been left behind in line with the current digital world. It has a vibrant Facebook page with thousands of image exhibits from the museum and stories about historical events in Milford town. Grants were given to the museum in 2010 to exhibit on local shipbuilding by creating a DVD “wood shavings to hot sparks,” the history of shipbuilding. Over 2,200 images were scanned.
Regular visitors of the Milford Museum include; residents, visitors from other towns, and school groups learning about the town’s history. The museum does not charge any fee. Everyone is invited to visit.
There are great reviews from previous visitors of the museum on Trip Advisor.
One visitor said, “The museum is a lot larger than it seems from the outside. There are several nicely put-together exhibits throughout the museum that covers everything in Milford. I had no idea Milford had so much history. The museum director was marvelous, and she gave us a spectacular tour. I probably wore her out with my auditing mentality and all the questions”.
“I love museums, so I could have easily spent a lot longer there than my wife wanted. And it’s free. This is a must stop if you’re in town.”
“ I’m sure with so many exhibits, you’ll find something to catch your attention. There’s also free parking, and the museum is across the street from the library and a short walk to the Riverwalk.
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121 S Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963, United States