Plan Your Visit


The Read House is open Saturdays & Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tours begin on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 p.m.

Advanced reservations required for groups of 8 or more.


Advanced tickets recommended

Adults: $10

Seniors (65+)/Students/Military: $8

ACCESS Cardholders: $2

Members: FREE

Children (5 and under): FREE

Brandywine Passport accepted May 27 - October 31



See the Read House in a different light with our brand-new interior tour experience. You'll discover complex layers of history hidden in the architecture and furnishings of this stunning National Historic Landmark—history that continues to inspire and challenge us as it has for generations.

From its beginnings in 1797 to its appearances in 20th-century books and magazines to its conversion into a museum in 1976, the Read House has long been a part of national conversations about design and historic preservation. As tours pass from one light-filled room to the next, each space offers a fresh chance to reflect on how people before us have seen themselves and their communities.

The New Tour is an invitation to bring your own wisdom, interests, and sensibilities to the Read House & Gardens. Help us understand what this old house can mean to our own community in the present, and how we can imagine its future together!


The Read House is available by group reservation 7 days a week, subject to availability. For more information please visit:


We invite you to take photos and videos for personal use while on the grounds. For privacy purposes, please refrain from making any recordings of your guide while on tour.

Professional photography and/or filming (including weddings, graduations, family/holiday portraits, corporate work, etc.) both in the house and on the grounds require the approval of a permit in advance, with fees paid in full prior to the session. Permits are granted at the discretion of the Delaware Historical Society. Please be aware if you appear to be taking photographs and/or filming for professional or commercial use, you may be approached by a member of our staff to confirm prior approval.

Email [email protected] for more information.


The gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk, year-round. Enjoy them at your own pace, free of charge.

Note: We're in the planning phase of a garden renovation campaign! If your visit inspires ideas about what the future of the Read House gardens might look like, we'd love to hear them! Drop us a note at [email protected].


Garden Yoga
with Pure Yoga & Pilates Studio

Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the Read House Gardens

Guests with all levels of experience are invited to an immersive experience amongst the flowers in bloom. Bring your own mat and come see the gardens in a new light. 

A Day in Old New Castle

Saturday, May 21, 2022 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

America’s Oldest Home & Garden Tour returns this May! From reenactments to live music performances, tours of local homes and museums to tours of the Kalmar Nyckel, you will find something for everyone.

Explore the Read House at your own pace, or drop by to purchase a peony bouquet (while supplies last).

Talent Showcase
with the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization

Saturday, June 4, 2022 3 p.m. in the Read House Gardens

Open to the public, this family-friendly showcase is the perfect opportunity to meet the candidates who will compete for the job of Miss Delaware next month, as well as the current Miss Delaware and Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen. Join us with your blanket or folding chair.

front hall interior facing the front door and a doorway to another room, with a chair and side table along the wal
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