The Delaware Museum of Natural History enhances the visitor experience by hosting several traveling exhibits each year. This added benefit broadens the scope of natural history content beyond what is covered in the Museum’s permanent displays. The changing material inspires specialized programming in the Education Division, with accompanying choices in Summer Camp and education classes.
The Science of Small
The Nano Lab is a new engaging exhibit for family audiences about nanoscale science, technology, and engineering (nano). Visitors can discover the world at the nanoscale—a world so tiny it’s too small to see! This 400-square foot exhibition includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications.
Nikon Small World
November 10, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The Delaware Museum of Natural History is one of the first stops for a national tour of winning photographs from the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. On view from November 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015, the exhibit features 20 images of unusual, magnified subjects including a painted turtle retina, veiled chameleon embryo, an insect wrapped in a spider web, preserved dinosaur bone, ghost shrimp eye, and more.
All of the following traveling exhibits are made possible through the generous support of:
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
September 27, 2014 - January 25, 2015
From a fossil bed deep within Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine emerges Titanoboa, the largest snake ever found. This Paleocene reptile—from the epoch following the dinosaurs’ demise—stretches our concept of what a snake can be. At 48 feet, this mega snake was longer than a school bus and was at the top of the monster-eat-monster food chain. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Smithsonian Channel, and the Florida Museum of Natural History, Titanoboa: Monster Snake is an amazing look at a lost world and the incredible creatures that inhabited it.
The Robot Zoo
February 6 - May 25, 2015
This remarkable exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Three robot animals and seven hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. The larger-than-life-size animated robots include a chameleon and a platypus. Also featured is a house fly with a 3-foot wingspread. Machinery in the robot animals simulates the body parts of their real-life counterparts. In the robot animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers.
Sensory activities include "Swat the Fly," a test of the visitor's reaction time (one-twelfth as fast as a house fly's), and "Sticky Feet," where visitors wearing special hand and knee pads can try to stick like flies to a sloped surface. Triggering the "Tongue Gun" demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to reel in a meal. The Robot Zoo was created by Evergreen Exhibitions.
Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders
June 13 - September 7, 2015
Explore the wonderful world of bugs in all their splendor. From glow-in-the-dark scorpions to the world's biggest bird-eating tarantula, Dr. Entomo's living examples will fascinate everyone!
Resembling an old-fashioned circus sideshow, Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders explores the truth, myths, and mysteries surrounding some of nature's most curious creatures - many of them alive and on view.