Delaware Museum of Nature & Science Reopening

After an extensive $10.8 million, 17-month renovation project, the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science…
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Delaware Museum of Nature & Science
Date
Monday, May 23

Event Details

Date
Monday, May 23
Location

Delaware Museum of Nature & Science
4840 Kennett Pike,
Wilmington, DE 19807

Event Type
Ticket Cost
$12.95 for ages 3 & up; $3.95 for toddlers ages 1-2; free for infants under 12 months.

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Description

After an extensive $10.8 million, 17-month renovation project, the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science opens to the public on Monday, May 23. The museum, formerly the Delaware Museum of Natural History, closed at the end of 2020 for the project. All of the exhibits – many in place since 1972 – were removed and the walls were taken down to the studs. Installation of the new exhibits has been ongoing since the end of 2021.

“We’ve completely shed that dusty, old museum perception. The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is dynamic, engaging, interactive, relevant, and modern,” Executive Director Halsey Spruance said. “Our focus is on what we know about nature and science, why it matters to us, and what we can do to protect the environment. There’s a huge emphasis on how we are all connected and how our actions matter.”

New galleries include:

  • Regional Journey Gallery: Stroll across a giant floor map of the state and explore deciduous and mixed forests, the Bald Cypress Swamp, a saltmarsh, dunes, and the Delaware Bay. Designated areas such as the Fair Play Foundation Field Station and the DuPont Research Headquarters provide an opportunity to learn what is happening in our local region and beyond.
  • Alison K. Bradford Global Journey Gallery: A giant floor map of the world occupies the center of this gallery, surrounded by three land-based ecosystems, including a tropical rainforest, Arctic tundra and African savanna, along with three different ocean environments (shallow, mid-water, and deep). The ecosystems demonstrate nature’s diversity, the interdependency of life, and how humans play the biggest role in change.
  • Ellice & Rosa McDonald Foundation PaleoZone: Meet the creatures that lived in the Mid-Atlantic during the Cretaceous Period. Skeletons of the fearsome Dryptosaurus dinosaur, the flying “bat lizard” Nyctosaur, and the aquatic giant Mosasaur are joined by smaller Cretaceous specimens.

Other new exhibit spaces include the Tree of Life in the atrium with a visual interpretation of the Tree of Life, depicting the evolution of organisms over billions of years and the relationships between them in increasingly diverse branches. Adjacent to the Atrium, the Bill & Denise Spence Discovery Gallery offers rotating, hands-on exhibits. Opening exhibits include Delaware Mineralogical Society, First State Robotics and the University of Delaware, in addition to the museum’s Collections & Research Division.

New amenities include the Rest, Relax, Recharge café with prepackaged sandwiches, salads and snacks from Jamestown Catering, along with coffee, water, and other beverages. The Delaware Community Foundation Respite Room is a dedicated, calming space for visitors with sensory challenges and developmental disorders to take a break, as well as being a quiet and private option for nursing parents.

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Willing Street,
Wilmington, DE
4.83 miles

Food & Drink

528 Montchanin Road,
Wilmington, DE 19710
1.22 miles
4019 Kennett Pike,
Wilmington, DE 19807
1.36 miles
4007 Kennett Pike, Suite A,
Greenville, DE 19807
1.41 miles
201 Owls Nest Road,
Wilmington, DE 19807
1.42 miles
5800 Kennett Pike,
Rt. 52 ,
Centreville, DE 19807
1.66 miles
3801 Kennett Pike,
Wilmington, DE 19807
1.67 miles

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Wilmington, DE 19803
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