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Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

Due to COVID-19, we are currently closed to the public. Please check back.

Visit the Maritime Center to experience exhibits including Watercraft of the World with 73 model ships, Riverfront Room chronicling Wilmington's train- and ship-building history, Science of Sailing, a 3/4-scale model of Kalmar Nyckel's ship deck, an authentic log cabin, and more. Self-guided and group tour packages available.

Hours of Operation

        Monday-Friday: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

        Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm in January-February 2020 (10 am-4 pm March-Dec.)

        Sunday (from Memorial Day through Labor Day only): 12 pm - 4 pm


   Holidays: our grounds are closed

        Thanksgiving Day

        Christmas Day

        New Year’s Day

        Independence Day (July 4th)

Where is Kalmar Nyckel, our Tall Ship?

Kalmar Nyckel sails from May through October each year, starting at her home berth at the Tatiana & Gerret Copeland Maritime Center on the Christina River in downtown Wilmington, DE and also in nearby Historic New Castle, DE. Her captains, mates, and volunteer crew sail her throughout the Atlantic seaboard from Virgina to New England, including the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson River. For dates and locations view our Sailing Schedule (which is announced each winter for the following year). 

Kalmar Nyckel offers:

  • Public Sails for all ages (prices vary for 1.5 and 2.5 hour sails for adults and youth under 17)
  • Dockside Tours
    • May - October: all public tours are posted on our Sailing Schedule.
    • Winter months: $10/adult; $5 for ages 5-17 (including Maritime Center) on Saturdays only from 10 am - 4 pm.

Our ship is not wheel chair accessible. We would, however, be happy to discuss your needs. Please call us before you book your tickets to see if we can accommodate your needs at 302-429-7447 (weekdays from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm).

 Fort Christina Park

        Opens Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and Closes after Labor Day (closed Independence Day, July 4th). Self-guided tours and tours with interpreters available.

        Park closes during inclement weather; call (302) 429 7447 to confirm status

        Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

        Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Outside of peak season, Fort Christina is open on special request; call (302) 429 7447 for more information.



    The Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

        $5 adults

        $3 ages 5-17

        Free for ages 4 and younger


    Fort Christina Park

        No admission fee

    Deck Tours of Kalmar Nyckel - see Sailing Schedule


Location and Parking

Visitors to the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina Park can enjoy free parking in our lot directly across from the Shipyard.

The Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard:

1124 E 7th street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (googlemaps)

Fort Christina Park:

1110 E 7th street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (googlemaps)

Special Announcements

We may be able to accommodate tours outside of listed hours with advance notice. Please call (302) 429 7447.

For groups of 10 or more, please notify us in advance so we can provide the best experience. Group tour packages with guides and facilities can be arranged by contract with an advance deposit.

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Did you know: That Fort Christina, founded by the Swedes, was the first permanent European settlement in the entire Delaware Valley?

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