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The Delaware Museum of Natural History

Research collections have a strong emphasis on mollusks (shells) and birds, reflecting the original collecting interests of its founder, John E. du Pont.


There are life-sized dinosaurs. You can look beneath the seas, come face-to-face with a jaguar, and marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world.


Delaware Famous Facts
Source -- University of Delaware

  • First state to ratify the federal Constitution.
  • First position in such national events as presidential inaugurations.
  • Total land area of 1,955 square miles, second smallest state.
  • Altitude is 60 feet above sea level, the lowest altitude state.
  • Has 3 counties, the fewest of any state.
  • Delaware Memorial Bridge is the longest twin span suspension bridge in the world.
  • More doctoral-level (Ph.D.) scientists and engineers, as a percentage of the population, than any other state.
  • Higher rate of patent awards, per person, of any state.
  • Only state without a National Park.
  • First Flying of the Stars and Stripes Flag -- Battle of Cooch's Bridge, September 3, 1777


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