Below you'll find various exhibits that we currently display. We also have categories for upcoming, temporary and art gallery exhibits.

Main Exhibit Hall


    Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer

    The museum's main exhibition space was once Grace Methodist Church, originally built in 1857 and expanded in 1906. The walls and ceiling of stamped metal, original light fixtures and the striking stained glass windows all date from the early twentieth century and were lovingly restored in 2006. Text panels and displays of historical artifacts discuss and illustrate the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. Shipbuilding, button factories, canneries and, in recent times, beer brewing at Dogfish Head are woven into the fabric of Milton history and its current life, and are very much a presence in the Main Exhibit Hall.

    Launching Day for the Breakwater

    Production Floor, Lippincott Button Factory

    Lippincott Button Factory ca. 1929


     Cannery on the Broadkill, ca. 1910

Upcoming Exhibits

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Currently on View

  • Walking into Greatness: Bryan A. Stevenson

    May 25, 2019, June 30, 2021

    You ultimately judge the civility of a society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor, the disfavored, and the disadvantaged.

                                                                                                                            – Bryan Stevenson 

    Read more... Walking into Greatness

Past Temporary Exhibits

  • Dry Spell: Milton in the Prohibition Years

    For thirteen years, the US went "dry" due to the passing of the 18th Amendment in 1920. Learn how Prohibition impacted Milton - from the 1920's to the present. Highlights of the exhibit include Prohibition-era "moonshine" bottles, a still used both legally and illegally, and an original Dogfish Head Brewery brew kettle. Plus see if your ancestors signed the petition in support of Prohibition! Copies of the original petitions are on display.

  • Paradise Frost: Milton’s Frozen History

    February 16, 2017, May 27, 2017

    The exhibit explores a number of topics related to the theme of frozen--including the ice harvesting industry of the early twentieth century, led by notable Miltonian James “Handy” Prettyman and ice cream manufacturing. Artifacts span the 18th through 20th centuries. On display through May 27.

  • The Seeds of Victory: Home Gardening Posters from the World Wars

    To help the United States win World War I and World War II, civilians made do with less so there would be enough supplies for the armed forces. Planting a garden was encouraged by the federal government to supplement civilian shortages and allow raw materials to be diverted to the military. Through propaganda such as posters, governments and private entities encouraged growing one’s own food. Gardening and canning became patriotic acts. This is a traveling exhibit from the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Summer 2017.