Dedicate an orange roughy in honor of a loved one, special occasion, beloved pet or to demonstrate your own support.

The entrance to the new Delaware Museum of Nature and Science will feature an underwater scene of 150 various-sized orange roughy.

Up close, each vinyl fish has a custom message or name. Your donation supports the Museum Metamorphosis Capital Campaign, and the fish will remain in place for the life of the mural (estimated 5-8 years). For recognition in the mural, choose your level of support starting at $2,000. Previous donations to the campaign totaling $2,000 or more are already included.

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Internal view

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Donation Levels

Name or Message:  

The name or message on your fish may be up to 3 lines with a maximum of 15 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. All messages will be centered and are subject to DMNH approval. Letters, numbers and basic characters such as &, -, and ! only.

Why the Orange Roughy?

The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in the Museum’s entrance has become one of our iconic exhibits and will continue to welcome guests to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. When the Museum opens next year, the donor wall’s school of orange roughy expands and enhances the feeling of being in the squid’s environment.

As pictured here, the squid has been trying to catch an orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus), in the atrium for years. But the orange roughy wasn’t the original fish here. In 2007, new information about the feeding grounds of giant squid suggested they hunt in deep water – a place where tuna (the previous display fish) rarely go. The exhibit was updated with the orange roughy selected from a scientific, exhibit design, and educational perspective.