Hidden Treasures

No museum can display all of its collection--not even most of its collection. To see the most valuable items, one must venture into seldom seen storage areas. What's there is often a surprise and a mystery--even to staff.



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Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum, oversees the museum’s 12,000 items, most of which reside in storage. Paintings are rotated between exhibition and storage spaces to prevent damage from light.Ê Photograph by Tom Nutter

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It’s just like a scene from the Bible: lion side-by-side with lamb, leopard at peace with gazelle, creatures of the sea living with those of the air. But the prophet Isaiah didn’t say anything about a polar bear hiding behind a row of green cabinets.

Such is everlasting life, sort of, at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, whose storage facility is inhabited by beings of the earth, sky and sea.

The cause for this unnatural cohabitation?

“It’s simple: Space is expensive,” says Jean Woods, the museum’s curator of birds.

Though the Museum of Natural History’s collection continues to grow, display space in the museum remains constant, which leads to cramped quarters in storage. The result is a back catalog of more than 300,000 items rarely seen by the public, to be held in metal cabinets for the foreseeable future. But this museum is not alone.

In Wilmington, the new and improved Delaware Art Museum is having similar problems. Fresh off renovations that increased exhibit space, the museum is still only able to display about 300 of its 12,000 items at a time—and that does not include the 120 touring Pre-Raphaelite paintings that will return in September. During the construction last year, the museum’s library was expanded, an electronic, moveable storage system was installed, and hydro-thermographs were put in place to monitor humidity and temperature, all of which allow safe management of the collection.

“A good storage facility like this gives people access,” says Danielle Rice, executive director of the museum. “But if your storage facility is really, really cramped, it’s difficult.”

The staff at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford knows all too well how a crowded storage facility can create a difficult workspace. In order to continue collecting local art, including works by Howard Pyle and the Wyeth family, the staff began its 2003 remodeling of the 19th-century gristmill it occupies by focusing on maximizing storage space in two large rooms on the second and third floors.

Before the renovation, it was difficult for the museum to store unusual works, such as Andrew Wyeth’s charcoal drawings on paper, due to their fragility and size. (Some are larger than life.) The renovation has made organization and, more importantly, preservation manageable tasks. It is the quality of work in the entire collection that defines the museum, not just what is on display.

“Museums are set up primarily to collect, preserve and study,” says Virginia O’Hara, curator of collections at the Brandywine River Museum. “The exhibition part of it is to teach and to help people understand this information.”

Museums are the iceberg of the collecting world. People are usually impressed by what they see in the galleries, but the real power is hidden under the surface. Even the world’s most popular museums, buildings large enough to house small armies, are unable to display most of their collections. National art galleries such as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg were all once homes to their country’s royal families, but curators today can’t find enough room to display even 5 percent of the collections now housed there.

In theory, historic estates, such as Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur, should be different, because the buildings should be able to display their original contents. Yet the du Ponts were always ones for disproving theories. Even Winterthur Museum’s nearly 35,000 square feet of galleries, 60-acre garden and 175 period rooms are not enough to display everything du Pont owned.

Du Pont’s obsession with decorating led to a large collection, from furniture to ceramics, but it was his fascination with textiles, most of which he would rotate with the season—or whenever else he felt the need for change—that is the largest part of the collection, says Linda Eaton, curator of textiles at Winterthur.

“Most of this beautiful stuff is in boxes,” she says. “So many beautiful things and there is just no room.”

Cramped quarters force tough decisions. At this point the issue is not what will be displayed but why it should be displayed. And each museum’s reasons are as individual as their collections.

For a research-based institution like the Museum of Natural History, the purpose of the collection drives many decisions. Most of what is archived there is studied extensively for scientific purposes, not just by the scientists on staff, but also by visitors. As one of the top institutions in the country for the study of both birds and mollusks, the museum’s collections are full of information.

An ornithological forensic squad might be thrilled to study skeleton No. 078688, a Bubo virginianus that was found dead at the Pot-Nets Trailer Park in April 1992, but most visitors aren’t too concerned about an owl that’s been dead for 15 years. Likewise, a lot of cone snails stored in alcohol would not cause most to change their spring break plans, but that was the case for a University of Washington professor who visited the museum earlier this year.

Instead, most people go there to see a walrus, with tusks as big as a human leg, that was killed in 1965. Museums realize this, so they usually present exhibits that provoke plenty of ooohs and aaahs among visitors. So the popular large mounted animals remain on display. “They aren’t very useful for scientific purposes, but they’re great for exhibits,” curator Jean Woods says. The remaining, less glamorous specimens stay safely stored upstairs.

A great exhibit at one museum might not make a great one at another, and just because things are big and flashy don’t mean they always go on display. Many pieces at the Delaware Art Museum have the bright colors and appealing images that capture one’s gaze, but when dealing with fragile materials such as paper, watercolors and linen, it is important to keep the health of the piece in mind.

“That’s why museums have such large collections,” says Rice. “We have to keep it fresh. Otherwise, all this stuff would turn completely pale in less than a year.”

The results of ongoing preservation are rooms full of works on paper, usually kept in boxes to avoid any exposure, and aisles of large and fragile works that hang in a storage room.

“You can see that the colors on the watercolors are so fresh and so beautiful, but we couldn’t keep them out forever,” Rice says.

Even non-artists know a faded piece of art does not add to the collection. The best scenario would result in an expensive conservation bill that wouldn’t even return the work to its original form. Worst-case scenario? An empty frame.

Light is the biggest threat to the health of these fragile works, doing its damage when ultraviolet rays help catalyze a chemical reaction between oxygen and any water in the fabrics. The reaction creates hydrogen peroxide, better known as bleach, and even small amounts can cause serious scarring.

To avoid fading, the pieces must be cycled: Display for less than eight weeks, then rest for about a year, says Ryan Grover, who spent a year at Winterthur before becoming curator at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Rest is very important to the health of the collection, much like it is to a living creature. Unfortunately, the relationship doesn’t work the other way around. Living creatures, including humans, are unhealthy for collections. Aside from errors that can cause millions of dollars in damages, human skin secretes oils that can damage fragile material. Humans can also expose the objects to humid or bright environments and introduce unwanted specimen to the catalog. Those specimen can create a lot of trouble.

Small bugs can cause amazing amounts of damage, with silverfish, dermestid beetles and clothes moths posing the biggest threats. The beetles are so efficient at stripping an animal’s flesh from bone that the Museum of Natural History keeps a small colony in a room near the loading dock for help in preparing skeletons. But having the bugs near also can cause problems.

When creepy-crawlies do find their way into the collection, there are ways to deal with them. For individual items that may be exposed, a weeklong trip into the freezer ensures that no unwanted creature survives.

When Winterthur noticed it had silverfish in a storage room for linens, tassels, fringes and silks, it took a different approach. At one week per item, it would have taken 10 years to place each of the nearly 1,000 items in the room into a deep-freeze. So the museum has been placing box after box of century-old textiles into its carbon dioxide chamber, which fills an airtight chamber with the gas, starving the bugs of oxygen. After two weeks, the goods are deemed bug-free and returned to the comforts of their old home.

“There are no chemicals safe for the textiles and people that will kill the bugs,” Eaton says. “As much as we love this stuff, we won’t risk our health, so we just gas it.”

As one of the top bird and mollusk institutions in the United States, the Delaware Museum of Natural History gears its exhibits to the public. It recently presented an interactive exhibit on the giant squid, as well as a display of rare eggs, including one from an extinct species known as the elephant bird; its eggs are the size of a rugby ball.

As much fun as the galleries are, it would be an insult to the museum to ignore what is just up the stairs. It might not be as glamorous as the large display animals downstairs, but the rows of green and white metal cabinets that stretch the length of the building create a showcase of some of the most important examples of mollusks and birds in the world today. Some, like the passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet and ivory-billed woodpecker, are no longer with us.

In fine art museums, an original piece is more valuable than a reprint in the museum store, but it would be impossible for scientists to find the original of a particular animal. So for a natural history museum, the strength of a collection doesn’t lie only in quantity, but also in quality.

When J.G. Walls came across a new species of cone snails in the Philippines in 1977, he did what any scientist in his situation would do: He submitted type specimens to a reputable collection, which would guarantee that what he found was acknowledged as the example of that species. Such type specimen add value to a collection. With 200 bird type specimen and more than 1,000 mollusks, the Museum of Natural History has a solid grip on the prime examples of many species.

The meat of the museum’s collection is not as flashy as the type specimen, but no less important. With 117,000 examples of birds, from skins to skeletons to eggs, and more than 2 million individual shells hidden in the nondescript cabinets, it would seem the collection would occupy any scientist for years, but that is not the case.

“Every thing here is individually different,” Woods says. “They come from different places during different times of the year. You need to have representations of each of those sexes or ages to understand the variation of the species. Cardinals in 1910 might be different than cardinals in 2007. So the collection is never finished because the natural world is always changing.”

Not everything is stashed in metal cabinets. Which is where the old stereotype of scientists using formaldehyde and alcohol to preserve things comes into play.

“For some items, this is the only way to store them,” says Liz Shea, curator of mollusks, motioning toward a long-dead squid. “A dried cephalopod is of no use to anyone.”

The benefit of storing items this way is that their tissue, especially internal organs, skin and muscles, can be studied in the growing field of biological tissue sampling.

Even items with little to no scientific value find their way into the collection. No one has the heart to throw away a sea urchin replica made with thousands of tiny shells and a hot glue gun. Shell art can be beautiful, but it has little scientific value.

“We like shells dirty and we like them with things growing on them, because you can learn more about them,” Shea says. “It’s a snapshot of biodiversity at that time and place.”

In terms of research, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Museum function like the natural history museum. Though many of the primary artists represented in their collections have been dead for some time, their influence on artists in the area is still prevalent, which means a collection will never be complete.

“The art history of the area seems to be constantly unfolding,” says Halsey Spruance, director of public relations for the Brandywine River Museum. “So this is hardly a stagnant collection.”

Over the past few years, a popular new exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum has highlighted Jamie Wyeth’s association with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The exhibit has drawn good reviews, but it has also overshadowed a more important, albeit less publicized, addition.

When Ann Wyeth McCoy, last living sibling of Andrew Wyeth, died in November 2005, the museum knew it had lost a close friend. What the curators didn’t know was that the McCoy family had a sizable gift in mind. Books, photographs, letters, even paint palettes that once belonged to the Wyeths or Ann’s husband, John McCoy, a student of N.C. Wyeth, were donated. Though the public will see none of them in the near future, their historical significance is immeasurable.

“It’s wonderful to have all of that material, but it’s way more than the average person would be interested in,” says curator Virginia O’Hara. “It would just be more interesting to researchers.”

With so many pieces in its catalog, the Delaware Art Museum is in a similar situation with each of its big three collections: works by Howard Pyle and other early American illustrators, the Pre-Raphaelites and John Sloan. Some works are just more important for historical purposes than for exhibitions.

Many of Pyle’s original books, including his famous “Book of Pirates,” rest in the museum’s rare book room, where they sleep, untouched in the darkness. While aficionados may wish to get their hands on them, the fragile yellowed pages would be easily damaged by even the most delicate finger, so for the sake of preservation, the works remain tucked away.

A few turns through an underground labyrinth from the library, a heavy metal door guards more of the museum’s treasures.

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Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

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Christiana Care: Find Your Way to Successful Weight Loss Location: Eugene du Pont Preventive & Rehabilitation Institute, Room 100 Time: 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.  Free body fat/BMI...

Where:
, DE

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Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Christiana Care: Mindful Meditation for Pain and Stress Location: Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. More info: 623-4707 to...

Where:
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

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During December 2014, the Mezzanine Gallery will feature crafts by Nancy Josephson. Josephson is the recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in the Craft category. The exhibition includes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights. Fresh greenery, poinsettias,...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Looking for a way to extend your farmers market enjoyment? There are so many wonderful growers, chefs, bakers and more that we wanted to create an indoor market to support these wonderful local...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Cordrey Center
30366 Cordrey Road
Millsboro, DE  19966
View map »


Sponsor: East Coast Garden Center
Telephone: 302-945-3489
Contact Name: Melissa Dombrowski
Website »

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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

More information

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital Campus, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark Time: 6 p.m.–7:30p.m. Fee: Free More...

Where:
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE
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More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

During December 2014, the Mezzanine Gallery will feature crafts by Nancy Josephson. Josephson is the recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in the Craft category. The exhibition includes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

More information

Bayhealth: Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Milford Memorial, Conference Room A & B, 21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Fee: Free More info:...

Where:
Bayhealth Milford Memorial
21 W. Clarke Ave.
Milford, DE
View map »

More information

WHE presents "Joy" our winter concert series

Cost: admission

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, DE  19348
View map »


Telephone: 610-388-2700
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

During December 2014, the Mezzanine Gallery will feature crafts by Nancy Josephson. Josephson is the recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in the Craft category. The exhibition includes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Location: Bayhealth Outpatient Center, Milford Outpatient Center, 1020 Mattlind Way, Milford Time: 1 p.m.–3 p.m. More info: Trisha Bentley 744-6237 or Bayhealth Education Dept. 744-7135

Where:
Bayhealth Outpatient Center
1020 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

WHE presents "Joy" our winter concert series

Cost: admission

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford , PA  19317
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Telephone: 610-388-2700
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
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Website »

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During December 2014, the Mezzanine Gallery will feature crafts by Nancy Josephson. Josephson is the recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in the Craft category. The exhibition includes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials: Hummus Sampler, Ole Fries, Manchego Cheese Puffs,...

Cost: $3 & $5

Where:
Cafe Ole
170 E. Main Street
Newark, DE  19702
View map »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

More information

The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
Website »

More information

Enjoy a festive evening of holiday concert band music as the First State Symphonic Band celebrates the season.  Performance will include a wide variety of traditional holiday selections such as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downs Cultural Center at Ingleside Homes
1005 N. Franklin St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-9711
Contact Name: Ann Johnson
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is celebrating their 30th anniversary with prominent American landscape painter, Peter Sculthorpe, with a solo exhibition of new work.  Sculthorpe's unique vision...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Saturday, December 20th 11 a.m. Let’s explore Flint Woods in winter while hiking, listening for birds and learning about the winter preserve flora and fauna. Bring your family & friends for...

Cost: $4 per person

Where:
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all...

Cost: Adults: $18; Seniors (60+): $17; Children (2-12): $16; Children Under 2: Free

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas...

Cost: Visit sesameplace.com for ticket prices

Where:
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA  19047
View map »


Telephone: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Cost: adults $28-48,students $14-24, $5 discount seniors, no discounts online

Where:
Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: First State Ballet Theatre

More information

Wilmington's very own holiday tradition continues to bring wonder to theater-goers of all ages.  The 47th Annual Nutcracker will be performed by the Wilmington Ballet Academy of the...

Cost: $15-$45

Where:
Dupont Theatre
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19810
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance
Telephone: 302-655-1004
Contact Name: Tara Agne
Website »

More information

Cost: adults $28-48,students $14-24, $5 discount seniors, no discounts online

Where:
Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: First State Ballet Theatre

More information

in performance with Newark Chorale

Cost: admission

Where:
Newark United Methodist Church
69 E Main St
Newark, DE  19711
View map »


Telephone: 302-368-8774

More information

the New Ark Chorale, Dr Michael Larkin, conducting "Christ Bells Are Ringing" Special Guests, the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, Kerry Dietz conducting Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Newark United Methodist Church
69 E Main St
Newark , DE  19711
View map »


Sponsor: New Ark Chorale
Telephone: 302-368-4946
Website »

More information

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday...

Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors (60+): $11; Children (2-12): $10; Children Under 2: FREE

Where:
Greenbank Station
2201 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE  19808
View map »


Sponsor: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Telephone: 302-998-1930
Website »

More information

Kurtz Collection will be hosting Champagne and Shopping parties until the end of the holiday season! Enjoy a private champagne shopping experience for you and 5-10 of your friends after hours from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kurtz Collection
1010 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE  19805
View map »


Sponsor: Kurtz Collection
Telephone: (302) 654-0442
Contact Name: Josephine Kurtz
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid,...

Cost: $20-12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 764-1172
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 322-2794
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
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