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Hours & Visit Options
You can now visit the museum every Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 pm (excluding major holidays: Good Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $8/adult and $4/child (12 & under). No advance registration or ticket purchase is needed! Please note that no rides are offered during these open hours. Looking to take a ride? Come on out to a Steamin’ Day or another special event day (see below for more details).
The Marshall Mansion, operated by Auburn Valley State Park, is open as well on Thursdays and Fridays for a single guided tour at 1 pm promptly, starting on the porch. Admission is $8/adult and $4/child (12 & under) — or tour BOTH the mansion and museum to save for $14/adult.
Parking is available on open days in the event lot across the street from the site. If parking is unavailable there, parking is available inside the estate between the museum and Carriage House or on the opposite side of the museum near the water tower.
Handicap and accessible parking available within the estate between the Carriage House and the museum or past the museum near the water tower.
Special Event Days
The museum is also open for special events throughout the year.
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Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Advance registration is required for this popular spring event that includes timed egg hunts for kids up to age 12! Rides on our 1/8-scale trains are included as part of this event. No antique auto rides available.
First Sunday in May, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
An event for train lovers of all ages! Rides on our 1/8-scale trains are included as part of this event. No antique auto rides available.
First Sundays, June – November, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Our signature event that includes something for all ages! Rides on our 1/8-scale trains and our antique autos are included as part of this event.
Auburn Heights After Hours
Third Thursdays, May – September, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Our casual evening event that features a local food truck & beer, guest demonstrators and admission to the Marshall Steam Museum. No rides (trains or antique autos) are available during this event.
Auburn Heights Invitational: Classic Car Show & Garden Party
Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm
View a selected display of exceptional antique autos from the dawn of the automotive age until 1969. Rides on our 1/8-scale trains are included as part of this event. No antique auto rides available.
Group tours of the Marshall Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum are available to groups of 8 or more by advance reservation, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 pm, and on weekends by special arrangement. Please note that no rides are offered during these private tour experiences.
Auburn Heights Mansion Tour: Explore the main two floors of the antiques-furnished Victorian mansion, home to three generations of the Marshall family and now managed by Delaware State Parks. Tour lasts approximately one hour. Please note that Thursday and Friday tours begin promptly at 1:00 pm on the front porch so if you plan to tour the mansion, be sure to gather at the front door by 1:00 pm.
Marshall Steam Museum Tour: Discover the world’s largest collection of operating steam-powered automobiles! Other vehicles on display include a 1901 Mobile steamer, 1914 Model T, 1916 electric car and a 1932 Packard. In addition to these amazing vehicles, the museum features scale-size steam locomotives, standard-gauge Lionel electric trains from the 1930s, a working player piano and so much more.
Admission is $8/person ($4/child) for either the Mansion or Museum — or tour both for the discounted price of $14/person (a savings of $2/person). Please contact us at least 2 weeks in advance of your preferred tour date: (302) 239-2385 or email us.
Touch Tours: Experience the Marshall Steam Museum through your fingertips! Designed for guests who are blind or partially sighted and their sighted companions, this hour-and-a-half tour includes sensory experiences throughout the museum space. Must book in advance.
The Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights is conveniently located just outside Wilmington, Delaware, along the Red Clay Creek in scenic Yorklyn:
40 min from Philadelphia
15 min from Wilmington, DE
10 min from Kennett Square, PA
GPS: The best GPS address for Auburn Heights is 3000 Creek Road, Hockessin DE (many satellite systems cannot handle a return to yesteryear and have difficulty locating the town of Yorklyn).
From Wilmington: Take Rte. 48 (Lancaster Pike) or Rte. 41 (Newport Gap Pike) to Hockessin. At the main traffic light in Hockessin, turn right on Yorklyn Rd. and go about 2 miles until you reach the bridge across Red Clay Creek. Follow the brown “Auburn Heights” sign to make a sharp left onto Creek Road as soon as you cross the bridge. Auburn Heights is ¼ mile ahead. Parking for events is in the field on the right.
From Pennsylvania: Take Rte. 41 south to the second traffic light in Hockessin, Delaware. Turn left onto Yorklyn Rd. and go about 2 miles until you reach the bridge across Red Clay Creek. Follow the brown “Auburn Heights” sign to make a sharp left onto Creek Road as soon as you cross the bridge. Auburn Heights is ¼ mile ahead. Parking for events is in the field on the right.
When booking a private tour, please mention any accessibility needs you or your group might have so that we can make arrangements ahead of time. The museum building is accessible to individuals with disabilities, but the historic mansion may not be due to its many steps, both inside and out. Please advise the F.A.H. office at the time of reservation of any special needs in terms of wheelchairs, walking limitations, etc. for your group, and we will be happy to assist or advise of the existing challenges. We are happy to help in any way possible.
On open days, parking is available in the event lot across the street from the site. If parking is unavailable there, parking is available inside the estate between the museum and Carriage House or on the opposite side of the museum near the water tower. On public event days, vehicles with official permits may use designated parking spaces in the Event Parking area. Parking attendants will be happy to point visitors to them upon arrival. Reserved tour groups with 4 or fewer vehicles may park alongside the museum. Please call to inquire if you need directions or assistance.