Deep Sea Treasures

Explore the depths of the ocean at Deep Sea Treasures

The Delaware Museum of Natural History dives into the world of ocean exploration with the new special exhibit, Deep Sea Treasures, open June 6 through Oct. 4, 2009. The exhibit highlights the unique biology found far below the ocean's surface and the technology required for humans to venture there.
Visitors can discover which monster-like creatures from the deep produce light using bioluminescence. Fantastic organisms, living where there is no sunlight, float past in the video "portholes."
Hands-on displays illustrate marine science with beautiful graphics and introduce the pioneers who journeyed into the deepest parts of the ocean. The amazing technology used to explore the ocean depths is demonstrated with sonar, computers, and robotics. Visitors can examine deep-sea technology including remote-operated vehicles.
Deep Sea Treasures sets a mood of adventure and mystery, involving visitors in scientific challenges as they travel to a world they have never seen. Hands-on activities let visitors recover treasure with a robotic arm, find a sunken ship using simulated sonar, and reveal creatures that glow in the dark. Museumgoers can become underwater explorers in a diving bell and and feel the chill of water from the ocean depths.
The exhibit will be supplemented by equipment and specimens provided by the Museum's Curator of Mollusks, Liz Shea, Ph.D., who conducts her own deep-sea research each year on expeditions off the coast of Nova Scotia. Deep Sea Treasures is a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Fla., and is presented locally by DuPont.

What: Deep Sea Treasures

Where: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

Dates: Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 12 - 4:30 p.m.

Admission effective June 1: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children (3-17), and free for children age 2 and younger. More information: Call 302-658-9111 or visit