Bethany Beach Dinker-Irvin Museum Open for Preview

The Bethany Beach Museum at Dinker-Irvin Cottage will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., and will remain open on Saturdays through October, as part of a special preview being offered while the museum is still being developed.

Early visitors to the museum, located at 318 Garfield Parkway, will be able to see the historic home’s refurbished interior and preview what will be displayed in each room, with the full opening slated for next summer.

According to Bethany Beach Events Director Julie Malewski, ultimately, the restored cottage will offer an immersive experience of a historically significant early 1900s home and a glimpse of what life was like during the early days of the town.

The cottage is one of the oldest homes in Bethany Beach and served as a U.S. Post Office from 1922 to 1925. It was donated to the Town in 2016 and was listed on the United States Registry of Historic Places in 2018.

The Town has been working with its Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee and designer Elaine Fey to create the museum. (The current museum in the town hall lobby will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Museum at Dinker-Irvin Cottage is one of 10 homes and five public properties on the Bethany Beach Heritage Trail.