About Us 2017-07-12T23:55:41+00:00

About us

Our mission: to investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery. Through this mission, we strive to achieve our purpose: to help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet.

Exploring nature inside and out

Experience an African watering hole, gaze up to a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face. and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour. Outside, look for butterflies in the Pollinator Garden, learn about Delaware geology, or take a hike on our nature trail.

Pursuing and distributing knowledge about nature and science

Museum researchers maintain our expansive collections of mollusks and birds, including the second-largest collection of birds’ eggs in North America. Scientists from around the world visit us to study specimens and request loans to assist in their research.

Providing experiential nature and science education

The interactive Nature Nook features hands-on science activities geared to meet the needs of the Museum’s youngest guests. Educational programs include summer camp, school tours, community outreach visits, scout activities, and other programs.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. As a non-profit institution, DMNH relies on the generosity of members, donors, and corporate sponsors to sustain high-quality exhibits and educational programs for the community.

Guiding Principles

  • Relevance
    • Providing exhibits, education programs and access to scientific collections and research that are valued by the communities the Museum serves.
  • Stewardship
    • Being a responsible steward of the Museum’s resources.
  • Sustainability
    • Strengthening the Museum’s financial position for long-term operation.

Each year, the Museum publishes an Annual Report including the Museum’s Statements of Activities and Financial Position, as well as a list of donors.