Galleries

The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomes visitors to explore far away jungles and seas and the Delmarva habitats found near our own backyard. In addition to several special exhibits on national tour each year, highlights on permanent display include:

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Hall of Mammals: African Watering Hole

African Watering Hole It’s not really Kenya, but it is the next best thing. Imagine that you are transported to a watering hole near Mount Kenya National Park in Kenya, Africa. All of the animals you see here come to watering holes during the dry season. They would not all share the watering hole at the same time. Instead, some animals would come during the day, others at night, and none of them would stick around while a lioness ate her prey! Here in the highlands of Kenya there’s a dry season and a rainy [...]

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Giant Squid

A replica of a giant squid, Architeuthis dux, looms from the ceiling to greet guests as they enter the Museum.

2020-04-02T12:17:20-04:00

Hall of Mollusks

Hello! This page is currently under construction. If you see this message, the people behind the page are updating it. Stay tuned! The entrance to the Hall of Mollusks is a simulated Australian Great Barrier Reef delighting visitors as they walk over it. Visitors can learn about scallops, nautilus, and other mollusks, and touch a variety of real shells from our collection of more than 2 million — which ranks among the top 10 in the United States. What is a mollusk? In general, mollusks are soft bodied animals living in many different environments: from [...]

2020-03-26T00:17:34-04:00

Hall of Birds

Hello! This page is currently under construction. If you see this message, the people behind the page are updating it. Stay tuned! Dinosaurs are a perfect fit with the Museum’s extensive collection of birds, given the current theory that modern birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs. The Museum houses 113,000 bird specimens and nests in its behind-the-scenes Collections and Research Division, many of which are on permanent display for visitors. Guests can view an extinct Passenger Pigeon, 3-D dioramas, and compare the large Elephant Bird egg to that of the tiny Hummingbird. The Philippine Rainforest Tropical rainforests [...]

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Hall of Mammals

Hello! This page is currently under construction. If you see this message, the people behind the page are updating it. Stay tuned! African Watering Hole It’s not really Kenya, but it is the next best thing. Imagine that you are transported to a watering hole near Mount Kenya National Park in Kenya, Africa. All of the animals you see here come to watering holes during the dry season. They would not all share the watering hole at the same time. Instead, some animals would come during the day, others at night, [...]

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Dinosaur Gallery

Standing in the midst of the Hall of Birds are two mounted Chinese dinosaur skeletons from the Sichuan Basin: A two-footed meat eater named Yangchuanosaurus and a four-footed plant eater named Tuojiangosaurus. Both lived in the Late Jurassic period 150 million years ago. Both were found in the Shaximiao rock formation of purplish-red mudstones in present day Sichuan Province. Yangchuanosaurus magnus means the large lizard of Yangchuan, China, where it was discovered by farmers in 1985. It was fossilized in the mudstone rock lying on its side nearly intact, which is very unusual. Yangchuanosaurus was an active carnivore, weighing [...]