Visiting the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area

The Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area is located in Cape Henlopen State Park, due east of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal and the City of Lewes, DE.

Additional information regarding Cape Henlopen State Park (“CHSP”) can be found at the Delaware State Parks’ website.

2017 Summer Tours of the Fort Miles Museum

The Fort Miles Museum is comprised of the main Museum building located in Battery 519, the Artillery Park leading to the entrance of Battery 519 and the Cantonment Area, which begins at the parking area for Fort Miles.


Daily Tuesday’s – Saturday’s (through September 9th) at 11AM and 2PM. These tours will be conducted by trained Delaware State Park interpretative guides and include the primary Museum exhibits inside Battery 519.

Battery 519 tours will be repeated each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday in August and September (through 9/9)

There is a 30 person limit per tour and reservations are accepted in advance by calling 302-644-5007. Tour admission is $5 per person and limited to ages 7 and up. These tours start at the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area Orientation Building. Delaware St ate Park fees apply to enter Cape Henlopen State Park.

Sunday’s at 11AM, Noon and 1PM. New for this summer are Sunday tours of Battery 519 conducted by trained Fort Miles Historical Association docents. These Sunday tours form at Battery 519, which can be reached by walking through the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park. Look for signs posted at the Artillery Park walkway entrance. Tour admission fees are per the daily Battery 519 tours outlined above and reservations are available by calling 302-644-5007.


Tour Battery 519 by lantern light with trained Delaware State Parks interpretative guides and learn about German U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress and descriptions of a soldier’s life at Fort Miles during WWII. The Lantern Tours are for ages 10 and older, with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-644-5007. The tour fee is $5 per person. The tour is limited to ages 10 and older.

Lantern Tour Dates and Times:

Wednesdays: August 2 – August 30, 8:00PM

Saturdays: August 5 – September 2, 8:00PM


Friday’s at 12:15PM, August 4 – September 1

Delaware State Parks’ historic interpreters provide insightful analysis into the works of Howard Schroeder, which Mr. Schroeder painted while stationed at Fort Miles during WWII. Schroeder captured many sights and scenes of military life at Fort Miles, including his own as a member of a Coast Artillery mine planting unit. The Art Gallery tours are for ages 13 and older. Children of ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour fee is $5 per person with pre-registration required (please call 302-644-5007).

Note: All fees pertain to tours only. In season, there is an fee to enter Cape Henlopen State Park.