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Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

Self-guided tours are available at the Copeland Maritime Center. Come experience our exhibits! Learn more

Hours of Operation

We are open to the public for limited hours in April 2021, due to COVID-19.

        Monday-Friday: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beginning May 1, 2021 - weekend hours:      

Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

        Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm


   Holidays: our grounds are closed

        Thanksgiving Day

        Christmas Day

        New Year’s Day

        Independence Day (July 4th)


Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

        $5 adults

        $3 ages 5-17

        Free for ages 4 and younger


Deck Tours of Kalmar Nyckel - see Sailing Schedule

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. 

In a typical year, her captains, mates, and volunteer crew sail throughout the Atlantic seaboard from Virgina to New England, including the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson River. For dates and locations view our Sailing Schedule.

Kalmar Nyckel offers:

  • Public Sails for all ages (prices vary for 1.5 and 2.5 hour sails for adults and youth under 17)

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

Free admission. Opens Saturday, May 29, 2021 and Closes at 4:00pm on Labor Day, September 6, 2021. The park is closed Independence Day, July 4th. Self-guided tours and tours with interpreters are available during park hours.

        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.


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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