Here Be Dragons Opens Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

DMNH’s fall exhibit features fifteen fascinating lizards and the mythology of dragons; special events include a Harry Potter evening and an over-21 movie monster party
WILMINGTON, DE – Live lizards will be featured this fall in Delaware Museum of Natural History’s newest special exhibit, Here Be Dragons, exploring real and mythical dragons. The exhibit opens Saturday, September 30, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018.
The exhibit is split into three dragon realms: Medieval, Asian, and Paleontology, each with a colorful and intricately-designed set such as a fire-breathing dragon poking his head out of a castle. The Medieval realm takes visitors through the dragons of myth and lore from European literature and includes a replica castle and a large replica of the Hungarian Horntail Dragon featured in the Harry Potter series. The Asian realm explores the mystique of dragons in Asian culture and includes a full-sized Chinese dragon costume display and a dragon tattoo station. The Paleontology realm lets kids get hands-on with a dino-dig where they can put on goggles and grab a brush to unearth fossils just like a real paleontologist.

The exhibit features 15 real-life lizards from 10 species, including: albino green iguana, plumed basilisk, black throat monitor, European legless lizard, roughneck monitor, Egyptian uromastyx, Chinese water dragon, frilled dragon, bearded dragon, and clubtail iguana.

A particular favorite is the bearded dragon, a lizard from Australia that looks like a miniature version of the mythical dragons found in books and movies. When bearded dragons meet, they do a dramatic display where their pointy “beard” is expanded to make them looker bigger and fiercer. It’s easy to imagine how scary that might look if they were dragons of legend. In addition to the bearded dragon in the exhibit, DMNH also has three bearded dragons living at the museum as part of education programs and the Nature Nook.
Another featured creature is the black-throated monitor lizard.  Although they look fierce, black-throated monitors are known for their quiet temperament. In the wild, they will lash their long tail if threatened, just like mythical dragons!
In addition to Here Be Dragons, a copy of renowned artist NC Wyeth’s painting The Legends of Charlemagne, created for the book by Thomas Bulfinch, will be on display. Also on exhibit will be The Wands and Potions of Harry Potter offering a fun and whimsical glimpse into Delaware State University’s extensive herbarium collection.
WHAT:     Here Be Dragons special exhibit.
WHERE:  Delaware Museum of Natural History,
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807
DATE:     September 30, 2017-January 7, 2018
TIME:      Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday Noon-4:30 p.m.
ADMISSION:  $9 for ages 3-59, $8 for seniors ages 60 and up, $3 for toddlers ages 1-2, free for babies younger than 12 months. Free admission for DMNH  members.
In coordination with the exhibit, DMNH is hosting several dragon-themed events this fall:
Movie Night at the Museum: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Saturday, October 7, 5:00 p.m.
$5/DMNH Members; $10/Non-Members. 
Experience our newest exhibit Here Be Dragons, visit our Harry Potter wand display and enjoy the mystical movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Pre-registration strongly suggested, walk-in’s welcome if space is available.
Harry Potter and the Science of Sorcery
Saturday, October 14, 6-8:30 p.m.
$5/DMNH Members, $10/Non-Members
Visit the wizarding world: be sorted into a house, visit potion class, herbology class, and Honeydukes sweets table. Horcrux scavenger hunt, guess Bertie Bott’s jelly bean flavors, live reptiles and more! Butter beer sno-cones, snacks, and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Come dressed in your best wizarding world costume for the costume contest. Pre-registration required, open to DMNH Members only until September 8, when the event opens to the public.
Slithers and Scales
Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
They slither, they crawl and they’re covered in scales…reptiles are wonderful creatures! Find out what makes a reptile a reptile, learn some cool reptilian facts, and meet some of the museum’s own reptiles up close and personal.  The day will include interactive learning stations, story times, a craft and more. FREE for DMNH Members or with paid admission to the Museum.
Night at the Museum: Dragons after Dark
Saturday, October 21, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Free to DMNH Members, or with paid admission to the Museum
Enjoy a family friendly evening at the Museum! Visit our newest traveling exhibit Here Be Dragons, museum galleries, the nature nook and more from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the Delaware Astronomical Society will lead a discussion about the thin crescent moon and Orionids meteor shower, followed by viewing the October night sky through telescopes.
FREE for DMNH Members or with paid admission to the Museum.
Night at the Museum: Dragons & the Super Moon 
Sunday, December 3, 5:30-9 p.m.
Free to DMNH Members, or with paid admission to the Museum
Visit museum galleries, the Nature Nook and more from 5:30-7 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Delaware Astronomical Society leads a discussion about the Super Moon, followed by viewing the December night sky. Snacks available for purchase, including wine and beer for the grownups.
About the Delaware Museum of Natural History:
The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The Museum houses Delaware’s only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. The museum cares for world-renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including one of the top-fifteen mollusk collections in the United States. For more information about the Delaware Museum of Natural History, visit our webpage at, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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