It seems our world is ever-changing these days. But those unexpected transformations haven’t stopped the Greater Wilmington area from taking the “change” theme to heart. Several well-known Wilmington attractions have planned to update and expand on their already gorgeous facilities. Learn a bit more about each overhaul below. 

Hagley Museum and Library Nation of Inventors  

Next year will bring a new permanent exhibit to Hagley Museum’s Visitors Center. The Nation of Inventors exhibition celebrates the American spirit of ingenuity by taking visitors on a journey from the early years of the patent system, in the 1790s, through the “golden age” of American invention, in the late 1800s. The exhibit features more than 120 patent models from Hagley’s unique collection highlighting the diverse stories of inventors from all walks of life. In the exhibition, visitors will enjoy engaging experiences around every corner, testing their knowledge of innovation and hearing personal accounts from inventors. Nation of Inventors is a must-see attraction for families with children, museumgoers interested in stories of innovation and invention, and visitors who are ready to rediscover Hagley. This exhibit is set to open spring 2022!  

Learn more about patent models and what’s to come for Nation of Inventors on Hagley’s website:

Mt. Cuba Center Building Energy Neutral Greenhouse 

The Mt. Cuba Center, one of Greater Wilmington’s favorite hidden gems, is furthering their conservation efforts. As they expand, so are the facilities for native plant research, propagation, and production. The Mid-Atlantic botanic garden, focusing on the study and conservation of native flora throughout the region, will break ground on a new, sustainable greenhouse and associated plant production spaces. Bancroft Construction will oversee the project with a goal to build one of the first greenhouses of its kind, running primarily on renewable energy. The greenhouse project is expected to be finished by winter 2022.   

Read more about this new Green House Expansion on their website:

Delaware Museum of Natural History  

Talk about a true metamorphosis! The Delaware Museum of Natural History is undergoing its most transformative renovation yet. So much so, that they will be changing their name to go with it. May 2022 will be the opening of the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. Reimagining the main galleries, public spaces, and outdoor campus is at the heart of this metamorphosis. By switching from static dioramas to interactive, ecosystem-based engagements, the new Delaware Museum of Nature & Science will inspire people to discover, examine, and uncover the wonders of science in the natural world. The new Museum will be the go-to place to learn about the world, how we are connected, and how to make a difference. 

Learn more about the transformation from their website: or in our blog below. 

Longwood Gardens Reimagined  

Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience is a reimagination of 17 acres of the Garden's Conservatory and grounds. Stunning new buildings, wondrous new indoor and outdoor gardens, surprising new guest experiences, and much more await with this expansion. The grounds will connect from east to west in a beautiful, unified journey of formal gardens to open meadows to winding paths and breathtaking Brandywine Valley vistas. Longwood Gardens is preserving and enhancing the area to better showcase and grow the outstanding collections. This expansion is set to be completed in 2024.  

Read more about this new Expansion on their website or below in our blog.     

Plan soon for your next #VisitWilm getaway to check out the latest updates and transformations to these attractions and more!