At the Delmarva Discovery Museum visitors can explore 16,000 square feet of universally-accessible exhibits featuring the natural and cultural histories of Delmarva’s Chesapeake Bay region.
The Delmarva is the 170-mile long peninsula flanked by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other and is comprised of parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Discover how the lives of the people on Delmarva have been shaped by the water and land, and how the people, in turn, reshaped the environment over time. Housed in an historic Art Deco brick building, circa 1922, along the banks of the beautiful Pocomoke River, the museum is full of hands-on history exhibits.
Climb inside a wigwam and learn about Native Americans who have lived and traveled to the Chesapeake for more than 12,000 years. Steer a steamboat to experience the transportation vessels that plied the waters of the Chesapeake connecting 19th-century Eastern Shore waterside communities with each other and Baltimore, the region’s major urban center on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Actually touch and examine-up-close natural history exhibits about the Chesapeake’s variety of habitats and learn how the different delicate environments support a wide variety of species. Many memorable moments are made getting up-close-and-personal with some of the Chesapeake’s hard-to-see residents including Diamondback Terrapins, Horseshoe Crabs, Eastern Box Turtles, and North American River Otters.