Museum staff conduct research and maintain a research collection. It is home to an expansive collection 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.
Museum programming and scientific research center on how our actions matter. Our purpose is to develop a caring society that respects and values our planet today.
We involve 18,000 youth each year in programs including summer camps, school tours, community outreach visits, scout activities, and others. About one-third of that number, 6,000 underprivileged youth, receive free programming.
More than 70,000 visitors each year gaze at the African watering hole, are awed at the sheer size of a Giant Squid, encounter the only permanent dinosaur exhibit in Delaware, and cross over a simulated coral reef.