Distinctive Meeting & Rental Properties
of the Delaware Historical Society
The Historical Society has a number of rooms
a garden to choose from to host your event...
please just scroll down the
page to learn more about
our available rental sites in Wilmington and
Old New Castle.
2008 Rental Information
ALL renters must be
members of the Delaware
Historical Society at the Sustaining level or
above for individuals or Business level or above for companies. Others
considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Additional hourly staff
fee will be charged to all rentals
Read House |
Delaware History Center |
meeting or special event in an historic building at the
History Center in Wilmington. We offer a variety of atmospheres for your
occasion, from decorated playrooms for children's parties
Attic), architecturally unique meeting
rooms for larger groups
(Copeland Room), the exhibit galleries for evening receptions, the
distinguished rooms of
Old Town Hall for dances or
lectures, and the beautiful outdoor
The Wilmington location is near major hotels and
restaurants, the train station, and bus station. The complex is a short drive from I-95
and U.S. 13. Off street parking can be arranged for a nominal fee.
For additional rental information on our Wilmington sites,
please call (302) 655-7161.
The Delaware History Museum
A renovated 1940s Woolworth's
galleries, a gift shop, meeting rooms, including the Copeland Room, & Grandma's Attic.
Please click here for a downloadable copy of the Society's Rules
& Regulations for renting at the Delaware History Museum.
The Copeland Room
59 x 48
feet, Highly flexible space
Integrated speaker system
rooms and limited catering facilities available
tables, other equipment available for additional $50
rooms available for $50 per room
open during event for additional $50
dancing, or dance floors permitted
The Copeland Room can be used for:
Accommodates 25 – 300 theatre style, 150 at tables
Accommodates 50 – 200 people
Accommodates 25 – 350 people
a.m. – 5 p.m.): $150 per hour
Evening (5 p.m. – 11 p.m.): $200 per hour
Evening (11 p.m. and later): $350 per hour
Weekend (Saturday and Sunday): $250 per hour
A popular area for children's parties, featuring
learn-and-play discovery area with vintage dress-up, historic games, puppet theater,
old-fashioned market place, 1940s kitchen and a one-room school house.
Our adjoining Cloud Room is available for your "cake-and-ice
Limited to 20 children
Standard party: $150 and $2 per
Private party: $175 and $2 per
Grandma's Attic Rentals only
available on Saturdays
Prices include 2 hours in
Grandma’s Attic and separate room for refreshments.
We provide: refrigerator, sink, tables, and chairs.
All other paper goods, decorations,
food and beverages must be brought in by renter.
Any additional entertainment must be approved by the
Delaware Historical Society.
If you are interested in
booking Grandma's Attic for a birthday party, please contact
MaryLynn at 302-295-2390 or
lectures, concerts, receptions, press conferences and
intimate wedding ceremonies
located next door in the Delaware History Museum
may be limited
placement of decorations is limited and MUST BE
approved by the Society’s curatorial staff
other equipment available for additional $150
200 standing, 100 seated theatre style, 75 seated with
Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): $250 per hour
Evening (5 p.m. – 11 p.m.): $350 per hour
Weekend (Saturday and Sunday): $350 per hour
Ideal for outdoor receptions
Central green can be tented
Daylight hours only
Day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): $150 per hour
Weekend (Saturday and Sunday): $250 per hour
Read House & Gardens
House & Gardens
in Historic New Castle is perfect for garden wedding
ceremonies. The property is located in the heart of Delaware's Colonial
Capital, on the Delaware River.
Directions & map
For additional information on the Read House & Gardens please call
- The Gardens
The two-and-a-half acre formal garden
that surrounds the Read House has become a popular spot for outdoor
Several areas of the gardens can be tented.
Rules and Regulations for renting at the Delaware History Museum
(click here for a downloadable copy)
Reservations, deposits and fee schedule
- In order to assure availability, reservations must be made as
soon as possible.
- A security deposit and deposit of rental fee will be required no
later than two weeks prior to your event. A date is not guaranteed until a deposit is
- The remainder of the rental fee is due the day of the event,
prior to its commencement.
- A professional caterer must be used if food or beverage service
is required for an event. The Delaware Historical Society can provide an approved
caterer's list and in all cases must approve the caterer.
- The Delaware Historical Society has a limited number of
chairs, tables, and audio-visual equipment available for rent. A list of area rental
companies can be provided as well.
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