Iron Hill Museum


Building -- School and Museum
Iron Hill Museum
Highlights both museum-perpetuated stereotyping of Native American people and histories of segregation in Delaware.
A one-room building housing the Iron Hill Museum, which contains Native American artifacts including stone and wood tools, textiles, toys, and other items connected to Indigenous family and home life. Previously part of a larger natural history museum that associated Native Americans with ancient histories of nature rather than ongoing human history, the museum's geological specimens have now largely been moved to a new building, the Iron Hill Science Center. The land which this one-room building resides on was once occupied by Lenape Native American peoples, and the building originally was a one-room schoolhouse built for African American children during the era of explicitly segregated schooling in Delaware.
The building was built in 1923 and used as a schoolhouse until 1965. It was repurposed into the Iron Hill Museum in 1967.
1920s, 1960s
Newark, Delaware
Native American
American Indian
Lenape tribe culture
Geological artifacts
African American schoolhouse
Black education
Educational segregation
Designed by James Oscar Betelle and funded by Pierre du Pont.
Physical Dimensions: Building dimensions undetermined, the extent of the collection also undetermined. Please contact the Iron Hill Science Center staff for more information.
Digital Dimensions: 720 x 420 px
Wood, glass, metal, concrete, brick, and other undetermined building materials.
Originally funded and owned by Pierre du Pont, now owned by the Delaware Academy of Science.
Delaware Academy of Science
Has Version
The Iron Hill Science Center, which opened to the public in 2016, now houses some of the collections that were originally housed at the Iron Hill Museum.
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