Last updated: 2/8/2011
Wilmington, Delaware
Street Address
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Mailing Address
1124 East 7th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
phone: 302-429-7447
fax: 302-429-0350
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Catherine Parsells, Executive Director

maritime, culture, history, science

Visit our website to read the fascinating story of the original ship and its role in bringing Peter Minuit and the first permenant settlers to the Delaware Valley. Discover why they came and the roles of the original voyagers.

You can also learn about the current ship, her re-construction and specification. Take a "self-guided tour" above and below deck. Understand the combination of modern and traditional design that allows you to safely sail aboard today and experience the "age of sail" - a living part of Delaware's maritime heritage.

For more information on private sails and charters, please contact the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard office.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation offers a variety of learning experiences for students of all ages. For more information on school tours, please contact our education director, Barbara Mayers:

When the ship is not visiting other ports she resides at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard on the Christina River in her homeport in Wilmington. The Kalmar Nyckel's construction, launching, and crew training all took place in our Shipyard, a location literally next door to the original Kalmar Nyckel landing site. A visit to our Shipyard reveals glimpses into the ancient art of ship making and into the colonial history of Delaware. Our newly completed Sail Loft Museum is a hands-on documentation of the Kalmar Nyckel's history, craftsmanship, and dedicated supporters. The Shipyard also includes a Blacksmith Shop and Gift Shop.

The Kalmar Nyckel offers several extensive crew training classes each year.


Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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