Thanks to the sponsorship of Artisan’s Bank, you can check out the Delaware Museum of Natural History for only a dollar per person every Tuesday in August.
The admission price includes the newish exhibit Turtle Travels: the world from a turtle’s perspective. There are tanks with live turtles, photo ops galore and a bunch of hands-on activities like a life-sized board game, radio tracking equipment, a “Swiss Army turtle,” etc. It’s also, obviously, a teaching moment about the plight of the turtle (I actually swerved to miss hitting one driving home on 295 in Jersey last week) and how we can help.
If you’ve never been, the museum also houses really awesome collections of eggs, gemstones & shells, bird dioramas, and Delaware’s only dinosaurs. There’s a walkover coral reef that’s always fun (I still feel a little weird walking over it). Outside there’s the Larry Scott Nature Trail and Butterfly Garden and bronze animal statues tucked away here and there. Tables for eating are available so bring a snack!
It’s a great way to get out of the hot without having to drive a long distance. You shouldn’t expect it to take you much more than an hour to go through the museum, though, unless you have a kid who is particularly passionate about one of their specialties. Maybe plan to visit Winterthur or Hagley while you’re close by, or it’s a quick & easy drive into town for the Delaware Children’s Museum.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located at 4840 Kennett Pike in Wilmington and open Tuesdays from 9:30am- 4:30pm. $1 Tuesday admission is first-come first-served and may be limited or restricted at peak times. The Nature Nook is closed all day.