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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of...
Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company founded in Delaware in 1802 and powdered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River dotted with hundreds of stone ruins of the black powder industry, dozens of restored buildings associated with the business, and the first du Pont family home built in America. Here, for more than 200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American Dream. Hagley has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic Landmark, National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Engineering Landmark.
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EDUCATIONAL+ ENTERTAINING

My brothers family and ours, which included many children/teens ranging from 2-19 had a fabulous time. We arranged a tour of the property and from the moment we got on the bus our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

My brothers family and ours, which included many children/teens ranging from 2-19 had a fabulous time. We arranged a tour of the property and from the moment we got on the bus our guides (Rodney and Edith) developed an instant rapport with us. They handled the situation with the kids exceptionally well. Their knowledge of History, culture, chemistry and politics... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

have been there many times, sometimes i just take a friend with me to a quite lunch at their belin house cafe great food and not expensive at all plus you gotta love the scenery

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

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Woodstown, New Jersey, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I won tickets to the Hagley museum and finally took my family to visit. I was surprised about how much there was to do. The grounds are beautiful, the staff is very helpful and pleasant. It was really cool to learn how the whole duPont story began. We took a walking guided tour and didn't even realize all the exercise... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and writing a review! Even though you won the tickets, I think we are the winners - your kind words are much appreciated. More 

Bear, Delaware
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Hagley is a great, low cost day. We visited on a beautiful April weekend day when there weren't many visitors but the guides were still attentive. The house was closed due to renovations but we knew that in advance and our guide, Tom Stack, was great. He more than made up for that portion of the tour. There weren't any... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and writing a review! I hope you come back again soon. More 

Moscow, Russia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Extremely interesting place for children, patents, couples, engineers... - for everybody! You will see the first gunpowder factory in the US, well-preserved and functioning for nowadays (not for real of course but you will see the demonstrations of real instruments). Also don't forget to rest in the cafe in the museum - very nice and cozy place.

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Thanks for visiting! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

ATHENS, GREECE
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25 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Right on the banks of fast flowing river Brandywine, one can see the primitive use and power of water, and the development of gunpowder by the Dupont family. The museum is very interesting, nicely presented and the surroundings are magnificent. Worth a visit if not more than once .

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Thanks for visiting! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Fascinating background on founding of the DuPont dynasty and company. Superb example of water power in a major manufacturing operation.

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Ridgeley WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

4 of us visited on a brisk spring day, midweek. 2 of us had been to Hagley many times, the others were first-timers. Our timing was not the best - most of the outside exhibits were not "operating " and Eleutherian Mills was closed for renovations. A recent heavy snow left the paths soggy and the Brandywine was ready to... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Elaine gives a wonderful tour and I will give her your compliment. More 

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Hagley Museum and Library is defeinitely a family attraction. Besides fun and educational parts, it is fun for kids too as they see what life was like tor people in nothern Delaware not so long ago in terms of time - but eons away in terms of items we take for granted like electricity and central heat.

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Hockessin, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is an amazing place to have a wedding. I have my reception and my pictures taken here. The weather was gorgeous for May and every little aspect was taken care of. Definitely a place to check out when looking for wedding venues.

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Congratulations! We are thrilled that you chose us for your special day. Thank you for the wonderful review. Please come back and see us! More 

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