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Delaware Museum of Natural History Wilmington

Where is it at?

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Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington
DE
19807
Tel: 302-658-9111

Directions

Lcoated 5 miles NW of downtown Wilmington, and 3 miles from the Pennsylvania border, you can find these exhibits at 4840 Kennett Pike (Rt 52).

Where are we going today?

What family day out would be complete without dinosaurs, mammals, birds, nature, and education...oh yes, and a whole ton of FUN? Certainly not yours, because the Delaware Museum of Natural History is an amazing place for the whole family to visit.

Since all the way back in 1972, families have been excited, educated, and amazed by the exhibits in this museum which cover topics from the natural world, right through to discover and exploration.

There are special exhibits which change every year so there is always something new to see, but there are also permanent exhibits that will capture the attention of kids all day long!

The always popular Dinosaur gallery won't disappoint, with the ONLY dinosaurs that are on permanent display in the entire state! With towering skeletons ready for kids to get up close to, they can really see how amazing these giant creatures were!

The Hall Of Birds is great for bird lovers, with over 118,000 specimens and nests in it's behind the scenes areas, which they pull from for the permanent display. From the large Elephant Bird egg to that very sweet and small hummingbird...there are birds galore!

Animal Adaptions is a great exhibit to show kids what it means to destroy or change an animals environment, but shows how some of the animals can try and adapt - and eye-opening exhibit.

From a giant squid, to nature exhibits and a fluttery butterfly garden, your family day out at the Delaware Museum of Natural History will be filled with diverse topics to really fascinate. 

An amazing walk through history and our planet!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$7 (Ages 3 - 17)
  • Free Under: 3 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30 a.m - 4:30pm 7 days a week. Sundays open at noon.

Closed early Christmas Eve, and closed some major holidays.

Teachers corner

What an amazing place to bring students on a field trip! The programs are fun and interactive, for all ages and grades. These one hour tours can also be mixed with spending time on your own exploring. A variety of age appropriate programs are also offered. .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you allow a few hours for your visit - there are a number of exhibits and it's worth really spending time in each one .

Doing our bit

Their mission is to inform and excite people all about the natural world - and they've done a great job!.

Need a little extra help?

If you do have any mobility difficulties, just give them a call before hand to discuss what access there is. .

Can I get one of those?

Sometimes the gift shop is just as fun to explore as the museum itself! With a variety of books, activities, gams and toys for kids, as well as branded museum items, there are plenty of things for you to choose from! .

More information

It's worth noting that admission for special events increases to $10 adults an $8 kids. .

What people are saying?

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    I've only been to this museum three times since moving to the area, but twice have been surprised at how much I'd missed during previous visits. This museum had it's own genisis as a result of the scholarly labor of one DuPont family member, and the preservation of that work for the future by another. Part of the beauty of these unique collections is their ability to inspire and remind us that such endeavors do not spring from vanity or a desire to consume time, but instead from genuine curiosity engaged to understand the universe we are a part...Read More

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    This place is expensive and too young for 9 and over, if it was not for that it I would say it is a good rainy day place to go

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    This museum is overpriced and overrated. There are so many wonderful things to do with children that I wouldn't waste my time again visiting this small museum. It's info cards are disjointed and after three visits m son knows the whole museum. For Dino Days they don't respect reciprocal memberships and they jack the price up $3 - just because of a handful of tables such as coloring Dinosaur. On our last visit staff felt it necessary to scold me for giving my children a few grapes as we walked out (in the foyer). Their rigid policies and lack...Read More

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    A small but nice natural history museum to visit maybe two or three times a year.

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by jon sash

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I've only been to this museum three times since moving to the area, but twice have been surprised at how much I'd missed during previous visits. This museum had it's own genisis as a result of the scholarly labor of one DuPont family member, and the preservation of that work for the future by another. Part of the beauty of these unique collections is their ability to inspire and remind us that such endeavors do not spring from vanity or a desire to consume time, but instead from genuine curiosity engaged to understand the universe we are a part of. Excellent.

by A Google User

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This museum is overpriced and overrated. There are so many wonderful things to do with children that I wouldn't waste my time again visiting this small museum. It's info cards are disjointed and after three visits m son knows the whole museum. For Dino Days they don't respect reciprocal memberships and they jack the price up $3 - just because of a handful of tables such as coloring Dinosaur. On our last visit staff felt it necessary to scold me for giving my children a few grapes as we walked out (in the foyer). Their rigid policies and lack of hands on exhibits make this my last choice in child fun in DE!

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