the Delaware Museum of Natural History —
bold changes are afoot!

Museum Metamorphosis

Connecting Delaware to our world

Learn about our Museum Metamorphosis

Preliminary Exhibit Plan

Project Overview

Each wing of the transformed museum will be organized by ecosystem.

Visitors will:

  • Discover the amazing biodiversity of our area
    in the Regional Journey Gallery
  • Explore how we are all connected in the
    Alison K. Bradford Global Journey Gallery
  • Travel back in time and roam with dinosaurs in
    the Ellice & Rosa McDonald Foundation PaleoZone
  • Trace the evolution of life on Earth along the 1,500-foot Evolution Trail
  • Connect nature with science in compelling and unexpected ways in the Bill & Denise Spence Discovery Gallery
  • Learn about cutting-edge science and field research in the DuPont Research Headquarters and Fair Play Field Station

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Explore the New Exhibits

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  • The Evolution Trail: A walk through time

    Carry the concepts of exploration and discovery out to the natural world.
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  • Skylight Atrium & Discovery Gallery

    A dynamic, and flexible, starting point for navigating through the Museum.
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  • Regional Journey Gallery

    Discover some of Delaware’s diverse ecosystems, who lives there, and how they survive.
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  • Global Journey Gallery

    Be transported around the world and experience the planet’s most amazing ecosystems.
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  • PaleoZone

    What was in Delaware during the Cretaceous?
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  • Rest, Relax, and Recharge Hub

    Take a break, have a snack, and reflect on all the amazing things you and your family have experienced today!
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Our community spoke. We listened.

The time to transform is now.

With extensive input from focus groups, community partners, stakeholder outreach, and experts in the field, we have developed an exciting new vision: break down the barriers limiting typical natural history museums and place our guests at the center of nature and science.

To achieve this, we must make a significant investment. The resulting transformation will create powerful opportunities to reach, connect, educate, inspire, and motivate the current stewards of Earth and generations to come.

Project Budget

The budget for the Capital Campaign is $9.8 million, which includes design and construction of the new exhibits and outdoor components, installing an updated sprinkler system, and developing the new museum’s brand.

By the beginning of 2022, five government entities (federal, state, county), 38 corporations, 28 foundations, and 332 individuals contributed 84 percent of our goal, demonstrating their confidence in the future path of the museum.

Campaign Goals

Your investment in Museum Metamorphosis: Connecting Delaware to Our World will:

  • Help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet
  • Contribute to Delaware’s economic vitality with nature and science programming at an affordable price
  • Lay the foundation for STEM-related job training with high-quality nature and science education
  • Broaden and expand the museum’s reach and impact, with an emphasis on underserved audiences

Capital Project Timeline 2017-2022