Rehoboth Beach Museum/Rehoboth Beach Historical Society                                                  511 Rehoboth Avenue                                                      Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Rehoboth Beach Museum/Rehoboth Beach Historical Society 511 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Rehoboth Beach Museum/Rehoboth Beach Historical Society

511 Rehoboth Avenue

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

(302) 227-7310


Memorial Day through October 31st: Monday-Friday-10:00am-4:00pm/Saturday and Sunday-11:00am-3:00pm

November 1st through Memorial Day: Friday-10:00am-4:00pm/Saturday & Sunday-11:00am-3:00pm

Closed: Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day

Fee: Please make a donation

TripAdvisor Review:

Rehoboth Beach Museum IV

Don’t miss this recently reopened and renovated museum by the shore. The Rehoboth Beach Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts on the history of the resort from a Methodist camp to modern times.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum 511 Rehoboth Avenue

On the first floor, there are displays of early Native American artifacts with the history of the Native tribes that lived in the area. Take some time to look over how the tribes lived in the area and the influence they had before Rehoboth Beach became a Methodist Camp.

The entrance of the museum

There is the history of the Methodist camps and as an early Victorian resort. 

The front gallery of the Rehoboth Beach Museum and its various displays

There are maps of the set up of the camps, how the resort developed from a Methodist Camp to the growth of the hotels and amusement areas. They also describe the growth of the Boardwalk and how storms over the years shaped the resort and rebuilding period.

Bathing Suits from the turn of the last century

There are all sorts of items such as old post cards, bathing suits, beach items like shovels and pails, amusement items, historical items from all eras of the resorts including hotel and restaurant information and even the history of the LGBT community with the history of Camp Rehoboth.

Rehoboth Beach started as a Mormon Retreat

Camp Rehoboth has shown how much the resort has changed to include everyone

The museum also showcased the restaurants that once dotted the town, hotels that have since disappeared but left their dinnerware, menus and the events that once happened there. The development from a Methodist Camp to resort for the Philly and Washington DC crowd grew very quickly with the popularity of sunbathing and ocean swimming. As the hotels came, so did the restaurants and amusement areas. Rehoboth Beach morphed from a religious colony to one of family please and recreation.

Sand buckets at the Rehoboth Beach Museum

The growth of hotels in the area

The restaurant and food service industry grew as well to cater to the hungry crowds

There was also a nice display and video on the Rehoboth Beach Rescue Squad and the development of the lifeguards that watch over the beaches. They showed the various squads over the last fifty years and it was interesting to see how many of them came back year after year.

The top floor is for special exhibits and when I was visiting there, the museum was displaying a needle point exhibition on early works and ‘starter kits’, which young girls would do to practice their needlepoint. There is a current exhibition on ‘Sea life by the Shore’.

On recent visit, the museum displayed businesses of ‘Rehoboth Beach Past and Present’. It had a lot of old signs from businesses that have been in the resort for years.

The signs of the businesses in Rehoboth Beach DE

The second floor displays

A recent exhibition showed the disastrous “1962 Nor’easter” that destroyed most of the shoreline, all the boardwalk businesses including the Boardwalk and how the town rebuilt quickly to open by Memorial Day that year. Anything that had been along the coastline had been destroyed in this three day period in March of 1962. The Boardwalk looked like matchsticks.

The storms that have hit the resort

The museum also discusses the people who make Rehoboth Beach their home. This covers regular citizens who live here on a daily basis and tells their story. With the growth of the community so did civic minded people and people who represented the town during the wars. It has a nice display on the high school students and their participation in Rehoboth Beach.

The Military display

The High School display

They offer exhibits, walking and bus tours, programs for adults and children, membership benefits and a gift shop. The gift shop has a nice variety of items for sale that are beach themed. They sponsor the Annual Museum Beach Ball, a beach party on the first Saturday of August (Rehoboth Beach Museum).

The Gift Shop at the Rehoboth Beach Museum

The museum, founded in 1975,  collects, preserves and displays artifacts and memorabilia tracing the history of the town’s 19th century Camp Meeting origins through its development into today’s popular summer resort (Rehoboth Beach Museum).

The museum also has a nice gift shop to buy gifts from Rehoboth Beach as well as a selection of beach magazines and books. Check it out.

Think of becoming a Friend of the Rehoboth Beach Museum.

Outside the museum, there is an interesting park along the canal with walking paths and a small dock to walk down. On a nice to it is a great way to cool off.

Grove Park Dock

The path that leads to the dock

The view of the canal behind the museum

The iconic Dolles sign was moved here when the store closed on the Boardwalk


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