Guest Guidelines

We hope that your visit to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is fun and exciting. To ensure you have a great experience, we ask you to be respectful of the museum’s exhibits, staff members and other guests. Please be curious but courteous, probing but polite, and inquisitive but inclusive.

General Rules

  • Supervision: Guests under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult throughout their visit.
  • Attire: Attire should be appropriate, complete with shoes and a shirt. Clothing displaying profane, obscene, or injurious language or graphics is not welcome.
  • Be respectful of museum spaces and exhibits. Please walk, use indoor voices, and keep feet on the floor.
  • Food and Drink: All food and drinks should be consumed in the Rest, Relax, Recharge Café or outside.
  • Photography: Please refrain from taking photos of children and families not in your group. Photos should be for personal use only; professional photography must be approved by the Communications Department.
  • Public Pathways: When visiting our nature trails, please remain on the pathways.
  • Smoking: Smoking, vaping, or using tobacco is in the building, on the outdoor trails or within 25 feet of the entrances.
  • Nonpublic Spaces: Please do not enter non-public spaces unless invited and escorted by a museum staff member.

Animal Policy

Guests may not bring live animals into the museum building, with the exception of service animals or animals in training to be service animals. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Visitors, staff, volunteers, contractors, or others are not permitted to leave animals unattended within the museum or in a vehicle on the museum’s property. Dogs are permitted on the Evolution Trail and the Nature Trail behind the museum and must be leashed, well-behaved, and their waste disposed of appropriately.

Animal Ambassadors

When attending a live animal program or when viewing them in the exhibits or Nature Nook, visitors should:

  • Use their eyes to look at the animals, and respect their space.
  • Refrain from knocking, tapping, or banging on animal enclosures.
  • Follow all directions by museum staff members regarding live animals.
  • Only touch the animals when invited to do so by a museum staff member.
  • Not move or otherwise touch the animals and/or their enclosures.

Prohibited Behaviors

  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while visiting
  • Indecent exposure or attire, as well as behaviors that aren’t family-friendly
  • Disorderly conduct or actions that could hurt others
  • Defacing, damaging, or destroying museum exhibits or property
  • Disobeying guidance from museum staff members
  • Using offensive, abusive, or threatening language or behavior towards fellow guests or museum staff.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms (other than on-duty law enforcement personnel)
  • Weapons, including knives, pepper spray, and stun guns/tasers
  • Toy and/or pretend weapons, or anything that may be construed as a weapon
  • Illegal substances
  • Alcoholic beverages not sold on our premises
  • Hazardous materials of any kind
  • Explosives, including fireworks
  • Segways or similar devices (other than as needed for mobility assistance for persons with disabilities)
  • Drones
  • Hoverboards
  • Rollerskates or shoes with wheels
  • Tripods, selfie sticks, and other professional photography equipment without prior approval
  • Glow sticks
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Live plants and cut flowers

The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science reserves the right to add, withdraw, or otherwise modify these terms and other policies as it deems necessary.

Revised May 2024