Picture of 16 inch gun at Fort Miles

Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area


Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area Overview

Lying amidst rolling sand dunes, on a high bank overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the Fort Miles Historical Area, home of the Fort Miles Museum. The central features of the museum include Battery 519, six barracks buildings, a fire control tower, an orientation building, and the Fort Miles Artillery Park. The museum tells the story of Fort Miles, a key piece of our nation's coastal defense, from World War II through the early 1970’s.

The history of Fort Miles exemplifies America’s call to action to stem the tide of war against German invasions along the Atlantic Seaboard that, at the onset of World War II, appeared virtually unstoppable. The gun batteries of Fort Miles, secret state-of-the-art installations built within the massive sand dunes of Cape Henlopen, were designed to defend against the powerful German navy.

With more than 2,500 soldiers stationed on high alert, the heavy guns, mine fields and searchlights of Fort Miles defended the vital trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. As America moved into the cold war, the role of Fort Miles shifted to highly classified missions defending against the threat of Soviet submarine operations off our coastline.

Fort Miles is a special place for history enthusiasts, veterans, families, or anyone interested in learning about Delaware stories, Delaware heroes and Delaware’s role in WWII. Take a guided tour, enjoy an interpretive program, visit the art gallery, take in a special event, and celebrate the "greatest generation" in our nation's history.

21 centimeter guns

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Add to Calendar 12/14/2018 11:00:00 AM 12/14/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles


The Fort Miles Museum

Museum exhibits and artifacts within Battery 519, a 15,000-square-foot fortified underground chamber, bring to life Delaware’s wartime stories of submarine encounters and surrender, daring actions of civilian pilots, and hometown heroes who sacrificed for our freedom. The Museum’s collection of armaments provides visitors a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how state-of-the-art technology from an earlier day was used to defend the homeland.

The grounds of the Museum are open 8 a.m. to sunset daily. The Museum Orientation Building is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 3 – June 10 and Tuesday through Saturday June 13 – September 9. Public access to the museum is only available through guided tours and open houses.

Upcoming Events

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, December 14, 2018

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/14/2018 11:00:00 AM 12/14/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, December 15, 2018

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/15/2018 11:00:00 AM 12/15/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles

Saturday, December 15, 2018

4:30 p.m.

Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/15/2018 4:30:00 PM 12/15/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour of Fort Miles Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, January 4, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/4/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/4/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, January 5, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/5/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/5/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, January 11, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/11/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/11/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/12/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, January 18, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/18/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/18/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, January 19, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/19/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles

Saturday, January 19, 2019

5 p.m.

Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 5:00:00 PM 1/19/2019 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour of Fort Miles Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, January 25, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/25/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/25/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Fort Miles Historical Association Film and Lecture Series

Saturday, January 26, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri January 26 Launched in 1944, the Missouri was the last US battleship ever built and the last to serve. Today the Missouri is at Pearl Harbor, but the Fort Miles Museum and Artillery Park has an original barrel of Turret One on display. This is her story from WWII to the First Gulf War. Free

Add to Calendar 1/26/2019 11:00:00 AM 1/26/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Fort Miles Historical Association Film and Lecture Series Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri January 26 Launched in 1944, the Missouri was the last US battleship ever built and the last to serve. Today the Missouri is at Pearl Harbor, but the Fort Miles Museum and Artillery Park has an original barrel of Turret One on display. This is her story from WWII to the First Gulf War. Free Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, February 1, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/1/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/1/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, February 2, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/2/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/2/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, February 8, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/8/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/8/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, February 9, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/9/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, February 15, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/15/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/15/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Saturday, February 16, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/16/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles

Saturday, February 16, 2019

5:30 p.m.

Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 5:30:00 PM 2/16/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour of Fort Miles Tour the Fort Miles Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. For ages 10 and older with a paying adult. Limit 30. Pre-registration is required by calling (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours

Friday, February 22, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/22/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/22/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Discover Battery 519 Tours Uncover how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 30. Register in person or call (302) 644-5007. $5 per person Fort Miles

Fort Miles Historical Association Film and Lecture Series

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Patton and the Desperate Tank Attack February 23 General Patton was one of the US Army's most outspoken and controversial leaders of WWII. Although his behavior often got him into hot water, his brash and daring nature was central to many military successes. Free

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 11:00:00 AM 2/23/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Fort Miles Historical Association Film and Lecture Series Patton and the Desperate Tank Attack February 23 General Patton was one of the US Army's most outspoken and controversial leaders of WWII. Although his behavior often got him into hot water, his brash and daring nature was central to many military successes. Free Fort Miles