Don't miss our Beaver Lodge, the Cypress Swamp, the Birds
exhibit, touch displays, and all our living exhibits!
your hands into our most interactive exhibit!
The Hazel Family Foundation Touch Pool is filled with animals
native to the Chesapeake Bay.
Hazel Family Foundation Touch Pool
Experience our hands-on handicap-accessible Touch Pool,
featuring animals that inhabit the Chesapeake & Atlantic
Costal Bays! Dip your hands in and discover sea creatures
such as horseshoe crabs, whelks and much more.
Our otters enjoy a 6,000-gallon aquarium and huge land area,
connected by a water slide. Watch Mac and Tuck eat at the
daily noontime feeding program. Mac and Tuck love their
daily enrichment, which engages their senses and skills.
Our beaver lodge is an actual beaver lodge found in Northern
Virginia that was disassembled and then reassembled here
at the Discovery Center. Crawl through the two entrances
that are normally underwater and view a beaver lodge from
Come view our re-creation of a Cypress Swamp, complete with
mummichog! Also see if you can spot our grey tree frogs,
who have the unique ability to camouflage themselves based
on the area where they are found.
Walk along our re-creation of a 19th century wharf. Browse
goods being shipped, explore barrels filled with grains,
corn, and tobacco, find out about the benefits of the popular
vet medicine Pratt's Poultry Regulator, peek inside oyster
shipping containers from the 1880s, and more!
Make sure you press the button to listen
to our resident Waterman describe wharf life at the turn
of the 20th century!
Study the red shoulder hawk, green heron, great horned owl,
northern water thrush, great blue heron and others, in our
hand carved bird exhibit. Want to know what they sound like?
Find out by using our 250 North American Birds in Song display!
Learn about Native American culture in our region, the colonial
period, and life and work along local waters. Climb aboard
our interactive exhibits: a catboat, and a steamship. Archaeological
evidence dates Native American culture on Delmarva to over
12,000 years ago! Come learn about Delmarva's early years
with our Native American exhibit. Explore inside our wigwam,
study our arrowhead collection, witness how Native American
constructed canoes that sat up to 15 men by using just one
piece of timber, and learn about the day to day life of
the first settlers of Delmarva.
Our Colonial American tobacco culture exhibit is part of
a larger early settlement period exhibit on loan from the
Edward H. Nabb Research Center. Based on the inventory of
Edward Stevens, circa 1686, view how early Americans farmed
their lands with such tools as a cultivating hoe, sickle,
drawing knife and a broad axe.
The collection also contains artifacts
from the 18th and 19th century, including 19th century
Imagine sailing down the Pocomoke River in our re-creation
of a two story late 19th century steamship The Discovery!
Check out the daily Pocomoke and Occohannock River Lines
schedule from 1921, view models of other steamships, peer
inside the coal pit, peruse the Captain's quarters, relax
in the luxury of the State Room, and steer the ship!
Coming the summer of 2014, visit our upgraded
wheelhouse with its new interactive wheel. View the Pocomoke
River through the wheelhouse window and navigate your
way down the beautiful river. We will also be adding new
displays to enhance your experience.
Climb into our 12 foot cat boat, work the tiller, and feel
the wind in your hair and watch the sail billow when you
activate our wind machine. Become an expert tying lines
with our knot board display, including such knots as a bowline,
anchor bend and sheepshank.
Life In Delmarva
The final leg of our museum showcases the Waterman's life
on Delmarva. An authentic sink box that was used by gunners
in order to disguise themselves from their prey. Enter our
Boat Shop for models of skiffs, bugeyes, canoes, skipjacks,
and others. Explore drawers to find the tools that were
used to build these ships.
Venture inside our Decoy shed to view
hand crafted decoys and learn about the history of decoy
carving. Explore drawers to view the tools of the trade.
your hand at farming oysters with our hand tongs (essentially
two long rakes fastened together in the center like scissors)
though be warned that this is much harder then it looks!
Study other popular instruments that were used in the
commercial fishing industry.