Rent the museum

Experience an all-new location for your gathering

The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is a unique, fun, and social location for your wedding, other special events, or business meetings.

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What’s new?

Everything! From new exhibits and refreshed public spaces to six preferred caterers offering an array of sumptuous menus, the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science offers truly unique options. Where else can you dine amongst dinosaurs, dance across Delaware, and have live animals entertain your guests, all in one location?

Get in touch

Planning a bar or bat mitzvah, 50th anniversary party, wedding, corporate event or business gathering? Contact our rental staff for more information and a tour. Non-profit discount is available.

Catering Options

Our preferred caterers offer a variety of options.

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Celebrate your wedding in a bucolic meadow, exploring Earth’s ecosystems, or among the dinosaurs

Whether your wedding includes a formal seated dinner, casual cocktail reception, or anywhere in between, the museum has a variety of options indoors and outside.

Rentals for weddings or other private parties are available after the museum closes at 4:30 p.m. Rental time must include time for set-up and breakdown.

For events through December 31, 2024:

  • Ceremony and Reception: $3,250
  • Reception only price: $2,750
  • Additional $500 for use of Ederic Exhibition Hall
  • 5 percent discount for premium level members (Levels 8 & 10)

Beginning January 1, 2025:

  • $3,400 for ceremony and reception
  • $2,900 for reception only
  • $1,400 for ceremony only (3 hours, including photos)
  • Additional $550 for use of Ederic Exhibition Hall
  • 5 percent discount for premium level members (Levels 8 & 10)

Add-ons

Ederic Exhibition Hall

Our largest event area; an add-on to rental packages. Available select weekends when not used for a special exhibit. Seats 150 for seated dinner with dance floor, 200 in theater-style.

Price: $500 for events in 2024.

Beginning January 1, 2025: $550 add on fee.

Live Bird Presentations

Offer your guests a unique up-close experience with free flight birds from around the world. Perfect for any special or corporate event. Program presented by Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections staff.

Price: Available upon request, depends on specific options selected.

Live Animal Presentations

Some of the museum’s animal ambassadors (along with their human presenter) can help host your event! Must be added no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

Price: $150 per hour/per presenter, for events through December 31, 2024.

Beginning January 1, 2025: $175 per hour/per presenter.

GET IN TOUCH

Start planning your special event today

Contact Fundraising Events and Rentals Manager Taylor Morgan for availability, a quote, or with questions: rentals@delmns.org or 302-658-9111 ext. 337.
A signed contract and deposit must be received to reserve a date and time.

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