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Hagley Museum and Library

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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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You can never go to Hagley enough times. There is always something to learn. Great place for anyone!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can never go to Hagley enough times. There is always something to learn. Great place for anyone!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 hour visit to the Hagley Museum while visiting Philadelphia. It's more than a museum, though. It's a very active experience, with visits to the original DuPont family home and gardens from the early 1800s, working machine shop, old mills, a barn with carriages, and, yes, a 3 story museum. The museum itself is interesting, with... More 

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

Thanks so much for sharing your experience -- and devoting three hours to fully appreciate what Hagley offers. More 

Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are museum members and get to the museum at least twice a month. Museum tours are always interesting (both house tour and machine shop tours) and the special programs, including the special children's programs are outstanding. The Belin House, and organic café is open from 11-3 and it is outstanding. We also enjoy evening lectures (posted on the website)... More 

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

We always love having you here. Thank you so much for the kind words. See you again soon! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Hagley Museum during a work trip and really enjoyed the parts of the museum that I got to see. The grounds were lovely and I got lucky with great weather despite it being August in the midatlantic. There's a gunpowder mill and interesting machine shops once used in some of the work of the DuPont family business.... More 

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

You have our deepest thanks. Hopefully work sends you our way again soon! More 

Phila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved everything about our visit. Toured the mansion and went to the gunpowder mill for the demo. We hit a nice day in December but would love to go back in spring. Beautiful grounds and very nice volunteers who are knowledgable and seem to love their work.

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

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your visit (especially the weather!) We can't wait to have you back. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly, it didn't sound too intriguing to me at first but I was surprised at the beauty, depth and grandeur of the Hagley Museum. We were there all day and didn't even see the half of it. Something for everyone. An excellent prelude to Nemours and Longwood. Brandywine Valley Gold.

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

Wow, thanks a lot! We're glad you turned out enjoying the museum. Please do come back sometime to see what you may have missed! More 

Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The grounds and tours were quite nice...not friendly to walking about the vast grounds without supervision of a tour guide, but the grounds were very picturesque. Plan to return. Active military free/discount, but my retired status with 35 years in the Air Force weren't enough for them.

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

Thanks for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon. Come back in the spring for a whole new view of the scenery! More 

New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Hagley Museum is the site of the original home and gunpowder works of the DuPont family on the banks of the Brandywine River. It includes restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the DuPont family. There are many working exhibits staffed by knowledgeable, friendly people. I highly recommend spending at least a few hours here... More 

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

Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm endlessly glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again sometime soon in the new year! More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I found it so interesting to learn about the history of the DuPont family as well as well as the history of their business. Coming in Dec. turned out to be beneficial since the trees were bear and we were able to see the proximity of the family home to the mills, testing area and machine shops. The DuPont's were... More 

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

We're really glad you were able to learn so much about the du Ponts and their company while you were here. Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope to see you again sometime this year! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We visited here with my family (I was on a business trip but brought family) and it was a beautiful area in old Delaware. However, you may not want to bring little ones as after the first two hours of walking around, my kids started getting restless and wanted to head back to the hotel. Not sure if it was... More 

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

Thanks so much for the kind words, especially the consideration for our drivers. We have lots of special scheduled children's programming, so if you're in the area again sometime soon, be sure check out our website's events calendar for things like Science Saturday! More 

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