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 Spring-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 through Saturday’s 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 June and July, commencing June 13th.

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 Cantonment Area Orientation Building.


Saturday, July 22. The film/lecture will focus on German prisoners of war detained in the United States during WWII, including over 6,000 POW’s located in Delaware.

Admission to the Fort Miles Museum is $5 ($15 family admission). Free for children ages 7 and under accompanied by a paying adult. In season, Delaware State park fees apply to enter Cape Henlopen State Park.

The newly expanded Fort Miles Museum Gift Shop will also be open throughout the day. The Film/Lecture series has been well received and seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early for this event.

On Saturday June 24, the film/lecture series will have an open date. However, the Museum will be open to visitors and tours will be available.


New for the summer months are Sunday tours of Battery 519 led by FMHA docents. These tours are offered at 11AM, Noon and 1PM each Sunday commencing June 11th. Visitors will also visit the new Kevin Fleming photography display and newly expanded Museum Gift Shop. Howard Schroeder prints and notecards are now in stock! Mr. Fleming’s photographs are also available for purchase.


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 302-645-6852 or 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: June 14 – July 26, 8:30PM

Saturdays, June 17 – July 29, 8:30PM

Meet at the Orientation Building located within the Fort Miles Museum Cantonment Area.


Friday’s and Saturday’s at 12:15PM, June 16 – September 2

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 302-645-6852 or 302-644-5007).

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