In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day to encourage awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Last year, almost 20,000 museums in more than 90 countries participated.
Over four million dollars worth of gold and silver, emeralds, jewelry, cannons, and other artifacts from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha are on display at the Treasures of the Sea Exhibit. A video presentation chronicles the discovery and salvage of the ship; its loss in a 1622 hurricane changed the course of world history.
The exhibit is open on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The regular admission price is $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors age 65+, $1 for students, and free for children four and under.
Visitors also are encouraged to view the Elsie Williams Doll Collection which currently contains over 800 international and domestic dolls. There is no charge to enjoy this collection in the Stephen J. Betze Library at Delaware Tech. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.