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Delaware Museum of Natural History

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Address: 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
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+1 302-658-9111
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
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The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to...

The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year, the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.

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Mainly for kids

Very nice small museum that seems most appropriate for the younger crowd. We visited with our grand kids, ages 4 to 11. They really enjoyed themselves, both inside the museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Middletown, Delaware
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Middletown, Delaware
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice small museum that seems most appropriate for the younger crowd. We visited with our grand kids, ages 4 to 11. They really enjoyed themselves, both inside the museum, and walking around the grounds playing on the sculptures. We'll keep this on our list of things to do, and will be back if they ask, but I suspect this... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum on a Sat. morning. Walking in the first thing you are greater with is s giant squid hanging from the ceiling which the kids thought was great. They have a nice variety of Natural history displays. My kids loves the ocean area and we learned some things we did not know. There was a special dinosaur... More 

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Thank Lauriehey
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here as Winterthur was closed. What a surprise. It is designed for children and has plenty for them. However, I loved the displays, explanations, and organization of the museum. I am often overwhelmed by large museums but this one was perfect for me. Highly recommend.

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Thank barbara115de
Georgetown, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We made the trip upstate to see the new dinosaur exhibit. The museum was very crowded as it was a "free" morning from 9:30-12:30. My two sons were oblivious to all the people and happily walked around the displays. A family can easily entertain kids for 1-2 hours, stuffed animals, dinosaur bones, and a nature room with real snakes and... More 

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Thank jsmccrtn
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Delaware museum of Natural History is a great location to spend a couple of hours entertaining toddlers and small children (adults too!). Presently, the special attraction is a dinosaur exhibit with lots of hands-on action: digging for fossils, making dinosaur footprints, and even a educational maze. Other areas of the museum are dedicated to wildlife, prehistoric animals and other creatures.

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Thank cherylll115
Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Free Admission and lots of information, went just for the expo as natural history isn't my forte, but surprisingly really enjoyed the visit. It reminds me of a smaller smithosonian, they have beautiful displays and a nice area outside to walk around. There's a gift shop available. Place is absolutely child friendly!

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Thank Andreagal531
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This place shows the private collection of some of the DuPont's . it is small in scale but its displays are very well done and you can do some great research here. They have a large shell collection. And also butterfly.

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Thank Jeff T
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We normally take our kids to the Natural History Museum in Philadelphia for their dinosaur fix, but after Christmas we did not want to deal with the crowds and cost of the city visit. After some searching, we found this museum was nearby, and we decided to give it a shot. The museum is much smaller than the one in... More 

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Thank jgitcar
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We have visited this museum before, and the kids are older now (15,14, 11, and 9). We watched the movie (near the gift shop) "Planet Earth". It compared the animals at the north and the south poles over the course of a year. The movie was long, over 30 min likely 45min. The photos of backyard birds on the walls... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is one of my son's favorite places! It's a small museum, but it packs a lot into it. Nice children's section and in one part of the museum they bring in a new exhibit three or four times a year. The grounds are beautiful and the people are nice and helpful. Summer camps are excellent, too.

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