CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Current Special Exhibit:

Titanoboa: Monster SnakeTitanoboa button_large
September 27, 2014 - 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.


October

4 - Saturday

Star Party:  October Sky
7 - 8:30 p.m.
$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 October sky above us. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Register Here.


4 & 5 - 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!


11 & 12 - Saturday & Sunday

Columbus Day Weekend Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 12, 12:00-4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Learn more about Christopher Columbus and his science knowledge through games, crafts, and activities all weekend long!


11 - Saturday

Viking Weave Workshop hosted by the Delaware Mineralogical Society
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$60 per person
Class Limit: 12

Woven wire chains were used to decorate Viking clothing.  This class will use Copper Wire and participants will learn how to make a Viking Weave chain bracelet.  Guest Instructor: John Chickadel.  Pre-registration required by September 27, 2014.


12 - Sunday

PNC Free Sunday Morning
9:30 a.m. – noon
FREE

Enjoy a visit to the Museum for free! Admission to the Museum will be waived on Sunday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, courtesy of PNC Bank.


13 - Monday

Columbus Day Camp
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$40 for members; $45 for non-members (aftercare available for additional fee)

Spend the day off of school doing something really cool…spending the day at the Museum!  Enjoy a day of games, crafts, and activities and, for those interested, a hot dog roast around a camp fire!

Register Here for our Holiday Camps.


13 - Monday

Reading Eagles! Featuring a Meet the Author Event with W. Barksdale Maynard
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – noon Meet W. Barksdale Maynard
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Readers of all ages are welcome to celebrate the beauty of books at this fun event featuring guest storytellers!  Featuring local author W. Barksdale Maynard, join us for two natural history-focused presentations from his newest book “The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait.” Every hour the Museum will host a guest storyteller reading their favorite book (or portions from it).  This event is geared toward book lovers of all ages!


13 - Monday

Delaware Mineralogical Society Lecture & Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE

The Delaware Mineralogical Society cordially invites you to attend its monthly meeting and lecture at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.  Event will feature a guest lecturer Alan Benson, one of our show dealers, of Alan's Quality Minerals. Alan will give a presentation on Fluorite that he has collected from the Rogerley Mine in Weardale, Northern England. First discovered by Lindsay Greenbank and Mike Sutcliffe in the early 1970's, it is to date, the only mine in all of Britain to be worked on a commercial scale solely for the recovery of crystallized mineral specimens.


18 & 19 - Saturday & Sunday

Grandparents Weekend at the Museum
Saturday, October 18, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Grandkids, bring your grandparents to the Museum this weekend for a special event designed to celebrate these very special loved ones!


18 - Saturday

Intermediate Wire Wrapping hosted by the Delaware Mineralogical Society
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $65 per person
Class limit: 10

This is a wire wrapping workshop for those who have had some wire wrapping experience.  Guest Instructor:  Ellen Schwarzkopf.  Pre-registration required by October 4, 2014.


18 - Saturday

Movie Night at the Museum: “Ghostbusters!”
5:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. (DuPont Auditorium)
$3 for Members/$5 for non-members

Enjoy an evening at the Museum turning back the hands of time to view an all-time favorite ghost hunting film: “Ghostbusters!”  Concessions will be available for purchase outside the theater.  Pre-registration strongly suggested due to limited seating. Doors open at 5:20 p.m. and close immediately following the 7:45 p.m. show.

Tickets Here.


25 & 26 - Saturday & Sunday

Fall Celebration Weekend
Saturday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Spend a chilly fall day at the Museum celebrating the wonders of our natural world during this season.  Make crafts, take a fall stroll, listen to a story about autumn animals, and more!  This event is great way to spend family time together!


25 - Saturday

Night at the Museum! Sleepover
Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 a.m.
$35 for Members/$40 for non-members

What really happens at night when the Museum closes at night?  Find out at this fun-filled overnight program that features a look at the night sky, camp fire complete with treats, and a campout in the Museum galleries!  Pre-registration required.

Register Here! 


November 

1 & 2 - Saturday & Sunday

Pumpkin Madness at the Museum
Saturday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, noon – 4:30 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members


Pumpkins are nature’s fall gift to us and animals.   Celebrate these little wonders at the Museum this weekend through games, crafts, and activities designed for the whole gang!


1 - Saturday

All-Scout Event (For Boy & Girl Scouts)
Saturday, November 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$10 per person

This event for scouts, leaders, and families will help scouts meet several requirements for badges.  Stations will be set up for scouts that are geared toward specific requirements.  Program fee is for scouts, leaders, parents, and/or siblings.  Pre-registration strongly suggested as limited space is available.

Register Here! 


4 - Tuesday

Election Day, Collection Day
Tuesday, November 4, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Election Day? Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) are hosting “Election Day, Collection Day,” a drop-in program from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids can participate in activities and crafts designed to teach about building, using, maintaining, conserving, and sharing collections. They can even bring something of their own, and the conservators will teach them how to take care of it!

Admission to both museums is free for Winterthur and DMNH members, and you can start at either Museum! Non-members must pay general admission price.


8 - Saturday 

What You Didn’t Know About the Museum
Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FREE with admission; FREE for members

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our Collections & Research Department, a leisurely guided hike along our outdoor nature trail, and experience our live animals up close!


10 - Monday

Delaware Mineralogical Society Lecture & Meeting
Monday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE

The Delaware Mineralogical Society cordially invites you to attend its monthly meeting and lecture at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.  This event will feature a guest lecturer.  


11 - Tuesday

Veterans Day Camp
Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$40 for members; $45 for non-members (aftercare available for additional fee)

Spend the day off of school doing something really cool…spending the day at the Museum!  Enjoy a day of games, crafts, and activities and for those interested, a hot dog roast around a camp fire!


15 - Saturday

Pearl Knotting Workshop hosted by The Delaware Mineralogical Society
Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$50 per person
Class Limit: 12

Bring a strand of beads (5-8 mm) that you own, or one will be supplied, and learn how to restring a necklace using knots.  Guest Instructor: Judy Barlow.  Pre-registration required by November 1, 2014.


22 - Saturday

Thanksgiving Break Breakfast
Saturday, November 22, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
$5/person with Museum admission

Enjoy a morning at the Museum and we’ll fix breakfast for the whole family!  After a wonderful meal, enjoy live animal presentations, a craft and a stroll through the galleries and trails.  Pre-registration strongly suggested as space is limited.


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
Dec. 6 – "Nutcracker" performers from First State Ballet Theatre
Dec. 13 – Holiday Nature Camp
Dec. 20 – Performance by Cathedral Choir School of Delaware


3 - Wednesday

Guest Bartending at BBC Tavern and Grill
Wednesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Invite your family and friends out to enjoy a hot-toddy in celebration of the season and support your favorite natural history museum!  Stop by BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville from 6-9 p.m. to purchase a beverage or have a meal, and be sure to tip your server behind the bar (Museum staff and volunteers)!  All proceeds support the Museum.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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