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Broaden Your Mind at Delaware Museums
Discover rare natural treasures, unique viewpoints, and stories of early Americans at Delaware’s diverse museums. Be wowed by endless treasures of ornate antique furniture and décor at Winterthur Museum, the regal estate of the DuPont family. Within its 175 rooms, you’ll encounter a striking collection of American decorative arts – and don’t miss the lavish gardens. Explore the early days of DuPont nearby at the Hagley Museum’s restored gunpowder mills, located in a pretty setting on the Brandywine Creek.
Admire the vaguely medieval imagery of Pre-Raphaelites and linger in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. Aviation enthusiasts and military history buffs will be thrilled by the Air Mobility Command Museum. See more than 30 vintage aircraft, including helicopters, cargo haulers, fighters, and a bomber. Stare up at giant dinosaur skeletons at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, known for its vast collections of seashells, birds, and bird eggs. Families can play with hands-on exhibits at the Delaware Children’s Museum on the Wilmington Riverfront.
Air Mobility Command Museum
Part of the United States Air Force field museum system, the Air Mobility Command Museum has an impressive collection of aircraft and exhibits. The museum is located in Delaware's capital city of Dover at the Dover Air Force Base – formally the Dover Army Airfield.
The Air Mobility Command Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Showcasings include "Behind Closed Doors" and "Enlisted Heritage" – plus rides in the museum's flight simulator and guided tours of the museum.
Anna Hazzard Museum
Visit the Anna Hazzard Museum just north of Dewey Beach to view Rehoboth Beach artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and historic newspaper articles from the 1870s and beyond.
This history museum is located in one of the original tent buildings from the Methodist summer retreats held in the Rehoboth Beach area. Named after Anna Hazzard, a former civic leader, the museum is a must-see while visiting southern Delaware.
Delaware Art Museum
Established in 1912 by the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, the Delaware Art Museum houses a variety of traveling exhibits, and more than 12,000 works of art. This Delaware museum has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in America, and features works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle.
The special Kids' Corner encourages children to create their own masterpiece, while the rest of DAM hosts special activities, programs, festivals, and workshops throughout the year. DAM also features the Copeland Sculpture Garden and the Helen Farr Sloan Library.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Established in 1972, the Delaware Museum of Natural History aims to excite visitors through its variety of natural history exhibits and displays. The Dinosaur Gallery, Hall of Birds, Hall of Mammals, Animal Adaptations, Nature Rock, and the Shell Gallery are among the permanent exhibits in the museum.
This Delaware museum also hosts traveling exhibits to enrich visitor experiences with additional educational displays. The museum also offers an educational outreach programs for libraries, schools and organizations in Wilmington.