Ellice & Rosa McDonald Foundation PaleoZone

Explore the Mid-Atlantic during the Cretaceous, and meet some of the dinosaurs from our own region

The new museum includes a dedicated space for the only permanent dinosaur exhibit in the state of Delaware.

The focal point of the PaleoZone will be a dramatic presentation of creatures that lived right here in the Mid-Atlantic United States during the Cretaceous Period. Skeletons of the fearsome Dryptosaurus dinosaur, the flying “bat lizard” Nyctosaur, and the aquatic giant Mosasaur will be joined by smaller Cretaceous specimens.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a paleontologist (scientist who studies ancient life)? Visitors will learn how to work like a paleontologist in the field.

Discovery drawers in the PaleoZone use the museum’s fossil collection to learn how they are formed, the different types of fossils (imprint, internal, mineralized), and how they are connected to the natural world today.