The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located in Wilmington, DE. I visited on a Sunday afternoon with my husband and 2 sons, ages 5 and 3. Woodland creatures decorate the parking lot of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. As you walk through the front door, a giant squid is waiting to greet you. The museum is an educational and fun place for kids and adults to enjoy an afternoon. The main exhibits include dinosaurs, mammals, birds, shells, a nature nook, butterfly garden, and nature trail. The museum is setup in a circular manner so visitors can start their exploration in any direction they choose.
The dinosaur exhibit was a huge hit with my kids. They really liked that they could actually touch a dinosaur skeleton and teeth. Most museums seem to have these types of dinosaur parts in a “hands-off” zone. There was a great interactive computer program that allows kids to pretend to be on a dinosaur dig. The kids can use the mouse to “dig” and try to discover different dinosaur bones on different continents. Another popular attraction is the entrance to the Shell Gallery, which is located in the floor. It contains a replica of the Australian Great Barrier Reef and visitors can peer through the glass floor and imagine they are under the water.
The nature nook exhibit was also a big hit; it contains the most interactive displays in the museum and caters to children ages 2-10. It features 4 sections; cave, meadow, stream, and woodland. There is an oversized bald eagle’s nest complete with stuffed animal eagles and pretend eagle eggs. My little guy really liked climbing in the nest and pretending to be a baby bird. On this particular day, the staff was showing a live bearded dragon lizard. The kids were able to touch the lizard and learn some facts about their eating habits and environment. The museum staff was very friendly and seemed to really want to interact with the kids. If you’re there on a Wednesday, be sure to check out the story time “book in the nook” at 11am.
The museum is stroller accessible, but unless your children are small, they probably will easily be able to walk the whole time. There is a little cantina area to have snacks and drinks. They have vending machines, but visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks. The only real downside to the museum is its size. It is a small place that you could probably cover in less than an hour. Older children would probably get more out of the museum as a lot of the displays require reading or are not interactive. My kids did enjoy looking at the animal exhibits, but they didn’t hold their attention for an extended period of time. I would also recommend visiting in the spring or summer so you can utilize the nature trail and check out the butterfly garden. For the size, I think this museum is reasonably priced, especially if you can take advantage of the outdoor exhibits; adults are $9 and children 3-17 are $7.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.
This is a great little museum. They have a nice sized kids' section with interactive play, fun information and an aquarium. Kids will enjoy this area for a bit less than an hour. The rest of the museum will also excite children, but not for long because of its size.
It is worth going, but don't plan on spending a day there.