About the Delaware Museum of Natural History

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.

The Museum is undergoing a major metamorphosis to its galleries and public spaces and is currently closed to the public in 2021. In 2022, we will reopen as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science.

Exploring nature inside and out

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

Educational programs include summer camp, school tours, community outreach visits, scout activities, and other initiatives.

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.