CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Current Special Exhibit:

Titanoboa: Monster SnakeTitanoboa button_large
Through January 25, 2015


From a Colombian coal mine 60 million years deep, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world – Titanoboa! Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile! Now that scientists have discovered dozens of Titanoboa deep in a fossil bed, prehistoric life will never be the same.  Explore this ancient reptile at the Museum’s latest special exhibit, Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Smithsonian Channel, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Sponsored locally by DuPont, with additional support provided by Corporation Service Company

More Information.


 

December

29 - Saturday (November) - 24 - Wednesday (December)

Merry Happenings at the Museum
November 29 - December 24 (Ongoing)
FREE with admission; FREE for members


Enjoy the spirit of the season at the Museum!  We’ll have featured performers scheduled throughout the holiday season.  Enjoy the festive decorations, a special holiday scavenger hunt designed for the whole family, live animal presentations, and much more!
Nov. 29 – "Nutcracker" performers from First State Ballet Theatre
                 11 a.m. - noon
Dec. 6 – "Nutcracker" performers from First State Ballet Theatre
                11 a.m. - noon
Dec. 13 – Holiday Nature Camp
Dec. 20 – Performance by Cathedral Choir School of Delaware


5 - Friday

Movie Night at the Museum: “Elf”
Friday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. (DuPont Auditorium)
$3 for Members; $5 for non-members

Enjoy a December evening at the Museum watching the holiday classic “Elf” starring Will Farrell.  Concessions will be available for purchase outside the theater.  Pre-registration strongly suggested due to limited seating. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close immediately following the show.

REGISTER HERE.


6 & 7 - Saturday & Sunday

Bank of America Museums on Us
9:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. (Saturday) & noon - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
FREE for Bank of America credit or debit cardholders

Show your Bank of America credit or debit card (with ID) on the first full weekend of the month and receive FREE admission to the Museum, courtesy of the Museums on Us program!


6 - Saturday

Merry Munchies at the Museum
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
$5 for Members; $5 + regular admission for non-members

Enjoy a very special pancake breakfast at the Museum!  Afterwards, Santa will make a special guest appearance!  Let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice.  This will make for a great photo opportunity for the whole family!

REGISTER HERE.


6- December

Orion Splash Bash
Saturday, December 6, 1-4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members


Celebrate space and science at the Museum as we learn about the Orion Spacecraft's first launch as it prepares for it's mission to deep space. Watch the recording of the launch. Learn about an astronaut's diet. See a real space suit. Make your very own model of the Orion Spacecraft at home!

This event will include a visit from NASA Solar System Ambassador John Conrad:

John Conrad followed his childhood interest in space and spaceflight - through Astronautical Engineering degrees at the US Air Force Academy and Purdue University - straight into leadership in unmanned space programs for the Air Force and NASA.  This included running the countdowns and launches of rockets that were the forerunners of NASA’s newest space launch system: Orion.  His industry career as a “space man” was highlighted by the design, development, and application of a number of satellites – including those that monitor Earth’s weather, land use, and environmental monitoring key to understanding Global Climate Change. 


13 - Saturday

Holiday Nature Camp
Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$40 for members; $45 for non-members

Parents need some alone time to run holiday errands, bake, nap, or catch up on a good book?  Let us take care of the kids at the Museum!  We will enjoy the holiday season with festive games, crafts and activities!  Pre-registration strongly suggested due to limited space.

REGISTER HERE.


13 - Saturday

Star Party: Meteors
Saturday, December 13, 7 - 8:30pm
$3 for members/$5 for non-members

Astronomers from the Delaware Astronomical Society will bring several telescopes to the Museum and lead a star gazing program about the sky above us in hopes of seeing the Geminid meteors.   Pre-registration strongly suggested.

REGISTER HERE.


20 & 21 - Saturday & Sunday

Movie Marathon at the Museum
Saturday, December 20, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 21, noon – 4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Enjoy a film festival dedicated to the most beloved holiday flicks!  Space is limited to first-come; first- served.


20 - Saturday

Holiday Performance:  Cathedral Choir School of Delaware
Saturday, December 20, noon – 1:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the Museum listening to the talented Cathedral Choir School of Delaware.


27 & 28 - Saturday & Sunday

Dino Days presented by Bank of America
Saturday, December 27, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Unwind with your family and friends at the Museum’s annual post-holiday event: Dino Days! This year’s event will feature: Free flight bird shows; a dinosaur dig; live animal encounters with unique critters from Plumpton Park Zoo; a special Dino Days puppet show; meet the Museum Scientists and much more!  You can even bring that unidentified fossil and ask a Delaware Valley Paleontological Society paleontologist if it’s a “Fake or Fossil?

Make someone’s holiday special by purchasing tickets to this fabulous event NOW!

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Ongoing Programs:

Daily - Where's Dude?
He likes to hide around the exhibits, and we need YOUR help to find him! Can you spot Dude around the Museum?  Each "Dude sleuth" will receive a special prize for finding our furry friend! More information.

Daily (times vary) - Science in Action Lab
Visit the Science in Action Lab in our Hall of Birds to get an up-close view at science at work and meet and talk with volunteers who clean fossils, sort micro-shells, or work with carnivorous plants!

Tuesday - Saturday (Closed Monday): 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 3 p.m.
- The Nature Nook

The Nature Nook is a special place in the Museum for children to become natural scientists in a unique, indoor park setting. More Information.

Wednesday & Saturday at 11 a.m. – “Book in the Nook”
Children and their parents can experience nature and science up-close. 

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