Discover The Del’s Legendary Ice House Museum

Seeking to uncover The Del’s storied past? Look no further than the newly restored Ice House Museum — a legendary building that dates back to the early 1900s. As a part of The Del’s Master Plan and reimagination, the Ice House Museum has been thoughtfully updated for a brand new era. Here, guests are welcome to explore permanent exhibits and rotating displays highlighting The Del’s history, learn about the hotel’s many famous guests, explore century-old artifacts or reserve a Haunted Happenings Tour, Legendary Tour or Self-Guided Tour. 

The Ice House Museum

A piece of history itself, the masonry structure was first erected in the early 1900s and was used as the ice-making center for the entire island. Now, the museum is home to an extensive array of historical photos and artifacts — including dinnerware, signs, land deeds, rotating displays and permanent exhibits. Here, you can learn about the hotel’s many famous guests and events through pictures—including a Marilyn Monroe selfie spot — and see real artifacts and pieces used by hotel guests and staff over 100 years ago. 

The Haunted Happenings Tour 

This haunted tour takes you through the chilling history of The Del, and is led by the story of the infamous ghost of Kate Morgan. Kate Morgan was a guest who was found dead on the stairs of The Del, and legend has it, she still haunts the hotel to this day.

The Legendary Tour 

This tour features an in-depth, guided walking tour of the hotel’s historical past, and even includes access to behind-the-scenes areas of The Del. On this 90 minute tour, walk through the Victorian building and gardens while learning about The Del’s abundant history.

The Self-guided Tour 

The Del’s Self-guided tour gives guests the opportunity to explore the hotel’s past on their own. This tour offers a fun experience complete with letters, oral histories, audio reenactments and stories from the staff to uncover the hotel’s history on your own. 

Located just outside the Ice House Museum is The Legacy Court, which will host receptions and intimate cocktail parties. Preserving the history of the original hotel, The Legacy Court includes reclaimed bricks from the original industrial buildings from 1910. The Legacy Brick Program was created for friends of The Del to customize a brick—commemorating a special occasion or preserving the memory of a loved one.

With the new Ice House Museum and these exciting and informative tours, you can easily uncover the storied past of The Del. Admission to the museum is complimentary, and you reserve a tour online and find out more information here.