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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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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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Go early to make sure you get it all in!

Based on others' reviews, we decided to visit the Hagley Museum when visiting Wilmington, DE. One reviewer said they arrived at 2 p.m. and didn't have enough time to see it all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Henderson, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Based on others' reviews, we decided to visit the Hagley Museum when visiting Wilmington, DE. One reviewer said they arrived at 2 p.m. and didn't have enough time to see it all. We arrived at 1 p.m. and didn't have enough time to see it all. I recommend going as early as you can as there are so many interesting... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Every June on the second and third Friday nights, the museum presents a marvelous fireworks display. The evening is like a step back in time to a charming 19th century event. It is simple and yet perfect. Families bring their own picnics and chairs and gather on a large lawn to watch a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks display always... More 

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

Tickets to 2015 fireworks are on sale now! I hope you can make it this year. Thanks so much for visiting and writing a review. More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Probably one of the most interesting and informative museums of early Delaware and American history, as well as a most scenic walk, is the our of the old Dupont powder mills at Hagley! You get to walk through the old mills and get a full explanation of how they made gun powder. They explain why the mill sections had only... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've visited Hagley Museum and Library numerous times with my family and out of town guests. The setting is stunning at any time of year, and the history of founding of the DuPont Company in the Brandywine Valley appeals to history buffs. The tour of the family home and the impeccable grounds appeal to those with an interest in art... More 

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

Thank you so much for singing our praises! We love to hear from people living in our backyard. We hope you can visit us this summer. More 

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

So much to see and learn - our grandchildren consistently want to revisit; there is something else to see and experience each time we go. There is something for everyone of any age. Fascinating place.

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

Thank you for visiting - time and time again with your grandkids. We love hearing stories like these! We hope you return soon. More 

San Francisco
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We only made a quick visit here to see the grounds but then wished we had more time as it was beautiful, had great history and was a wonderful setting.

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

Thanks for visiting and writing a review! I hope you make it back for a longer visit. More 

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were not familiar with this museum. Our innkeeper at the Fairville Inn suggested we visit here. It is a 240 acre property belonging to I.E. DuPont. We learned about his gunpowder factory. We took a guided small bus up to the farm. Once there we had a walking guide for the area. We highly recommend visiting here in addition... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We arrived about 2PM which was late in the day and wish we had more time. (We didn't have time to look at the museum, just the main highlights of the grounds.) The mansion was closed for renovation but the grounds were beautiful. The rolling mill has been wonderfully maintained, the machine repair shop interesting and educational, and the staff... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I was really impressed by the Hagley Museum. The tour guides are knowledgeable, the staff is sweet and the place is immaculate. There are two ways to travel on the estate which is HUGE! there is a bus to the the house and a bus back that the museum includes in the admission. We usually take the bus to the... 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! It sounds like you are one of our regular visitors - an extra thank you.I appreciate you highlighting our family programs that we run spring, summer, and fall. More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This was a fun stop on our way from Baltimore to Philadelphia. Very nice tour guides. Loved seeing the old machinery in action, powered by the river. The exhibit on the gunpowder manufacture was really nice. The homage to Dupont, less interesting. Beautiful setting. Has reciprocity with other "science museums" so check your other memberships.

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