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The Delaware Museum of Natural History offers dioramas, exhibits and special programs highlighting nature from the wilds of Africa to the local area. Located near Greenville, Delaware, the museum is known for its extensive collections of seashells, birds, and bird eggs. It is the oldest natural history museum in Delaware, ranked top fifteen in the United States for its collections of mollusks and birds, and houses the second largest collection of birds? eggs in North America. The museum?s collections are divided into two departments: The Mollusk Department and The Bird Department. The Delaware Museum of Natural History aims to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discover.

Though founded in 1957 by John Eleuthere du Pont, the museum formally opened its doors to public 1972 with a collection of 1,000,000 sea shells and 100,000 bird eggs which were also used by scientists in early ecological studies to measure pesticide contamination of wild species. The museum has since expanded to include exhibits on dinosaurs, mammals and Charles Darwin. Since 1993, the museum has hosted a Dino Days event near Christmas and has had a major expansion in 2005 to add educational and exhibit space.

The museum?s research collections are focused strongly on mollusks (shells) and birds, with more than 17,000 bird specimens and 220,000 mollusks housed on the top floor of the Museum. Most of the specimens in the galleries are from the scientific collections. Many artists from around the also use the museum's collections as a resource to help them in their work. The museum also houses a library with more than 10,000 volumes with an emphasis on mollusks, birds, and Delmarva ecosystems it?s not a circulating library, researchers may use it by appointment. Permanent exhibits include Delaware's only dinosaurs, a walk across the Great Barrier Reef, and a 500-pound clam. Also featured is an Interactive Discovery Room which offers families new worlds to explore.
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