Permanent Exhibits 2018-01-23T14:57:02-05:00


The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomes visitors to explore far away jungles and seas and the Delmarva habitats found near our own backyard. In addition to several special exhibits on national tour each year, highlights on permanent display include:


Giant Squid

A replica of a giant squid, Architeuthis dux, looms from the ceiling to greet guests as they enter the Museum.


Shell Gallery

The entrance to the Shell Gallery is a simulated Australian Great Barrier Reef that delights visitors as they walk over it. Visitors can learn about scallops, nautilus, and other mollusks, and touch a variety of real shells from our collection of more than 2 million — which ranks among the top 15 in the United States.


Hall of Birds

Dinosaurs are a perfect fit with the Museum’s extensive collection of birds, given the current theory that modern birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs. The Museum houses 113,000 bird specimens and nests in its behind-the-scenes Collections and Research Division, many of which are on permanent display for visitors. Guests can view an extinct Passenger Pigeon, 3-D dioramas, and compare the large Elephant Bird egg to that of the tiny Hummingbird.


Hall of Mammals

    Displays in this section of the Museum bring mammals together from around the world: North and South America, Antarctica, Africa – as well as animals that are native to Delaware streams and marshes. Nearby, guests can visit the African Watering Hole, where gnu, warthog, lion, impala, and other animals gather.


Dinosaur Gallery

The Delaware Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Gallery showcases the only dinosaurs on permanent display in the state. The towering dinosaur skeletons, Tuojiangosaurus and Yangchuanosaurus, represent Asian relatives of the familiar North American dinosaurs, Stegosaurus and Allosaurus, respectively. A Parasaurolophus head and Archaeopteryx are also on display. The Dinosaur Gallery includes the Science in Action Lab, where volunteers share specimens and answer questions. The Dino Den is a cozy spot for storytime, live animal presentations and getting an up-close view of the dinosaurs.