The Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) opened its doors to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The Museum’s purpose is to help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet. As the only natural history museum in the state, DMNH welcomes approximately 70,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. The Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour annually.
Museum researchers maintain an expansive collection of mollusks and birds, including the second-largest collection of birds’ eggs in North America. Scientists, researchers, and students from around the globe access the collections for study.
The Nature Nook features hands-on science activities geared to meet the needs the Museum’s youngest guests, ages 2-10, and their families. Educational programs include summer camp, school tours, community outreach programs, homeschool classes, scout activities, and more. In addition, visitors can view nature films in the DuPont Auditorium, shop in the Museum Store, enjoy the Butterfly Garden, or hike along the Larry F. Scott Nature Trail.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution, the Museum relies on members, donors, government grants, and corporate sponsors to help sustain its high-quality exhibits and provide affordable educational programs for the community. The Museum also depends on revenue from Museum admissions, facility rental fees, fees for programs, income from the Museum Shop, and an annual draw on investments.
Admission: $9 adults, $7 children (3-17), $8 seniors, free for children 2 and younger.
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