Founded in 1957 and open to the public since 1972, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
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 help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet.
Encouraging our visitors to explore and discover is at the core of what we do, whether it’s through exhibits, events, programs, or connecting with partnering organizations and scientists.
Pursuing 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