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Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
+1 302-658-2400
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Ranked #1 of 43 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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boston
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I wanted to see the home of the founding DuPonts, so decided to check out the Hagley. The welcome center is nicely done and the counter people were very welcoming and gave you a good agenda on how to see it all. 1st floor museum slightly dated but good overview of why this was an important location in the Brandywine.... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a "walking" type of museum with lots of buildings around the property. The first part of the property has all the outbuildings of the "black powder" (i.e. gunpowder) machinery/etc. Has good signs and mini tours by volunteers. Lovely view of the Brandywine River running alongside the property. Bus service is available for the entire property and you must... More

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Philadelphia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Hagley is located right along the Brandywine River. It's incredibly scenic, and the trails are not too long between the Visitor's Center and the last stop before the Du Pont mansion. The demonstrations of gunpowder making were interesting, and the food on-site was well priced and tasty. I felt a little bit pressed for time (I made it in time... More

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Thanks for visiting and writing a review! Hope you come back and visit us again soon. More

Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a beautiful property. Visitors must take the shuttle from the visitor center to the mansion, but once outside the house grounds, are free to walk and wander among the ruins and buildings. This is a fascinating, engaging place for people who love history, and seeing how things were done way back. My husband (an engineer) and I, both... More

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Thank you for visiting and writing a review. I am very glad you enjoyed your trip. More

Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Hagley is a great place to lose yourself in nature and history. My kids (5&7) loved it. I would recommend this to families young and old.

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

Thanks for the review! I am thrilled that you and your kids enjoy coming here. Hope you can make it this fall for a history hayride. More

Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You can take the bus or walk the trail. Visit the Crowninshield house. All this especially fun at Christmas time. Fun for families with small children as well as teens. Living in the area I visited frequently with my children.

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Thanks for the review and frequent visits! Hope you can come out for a hayride this fall. More

Newark, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What an experience! The beginning of the DuPont family fortune. You start the tour at the wonderful informative visitor center. Where you can see the origin of the DuPont black powder empire. Then you board a bus to journey back into history. You travel to the Powder Yard where you visit the Millwright and Machine Shop, the Eagle Roll Mills,... More

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

Thanks for the review! Hope you visit us again soon. More

Gmabrills
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was our second trip here. It is truly a hidden gem!!! There is always a new exhibit in the galleries and the grounds are magnificent! Men should really not drag their heels when a female says"Let'sGo!" as there is the machine shop, powder mill sight to temp! Yes there is no part of this wonderful museum that is not... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Hagley Museum tour covers the home and black powder facility of the DuPont family. This was the smallest DuPont house we visited and it was very interesting because it sits just above the black powder facility. The tour included the house with a guide, and an opportunity to tour the gardens, the barn containing old wagons, carriages, cars and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

First of all, the Bagley museum is on absolutely beautiful grounds! The river is gorgeous. I would give this a 4-4.5 star eating of I was there with just myself or girlfriend. I had my three nieces with me on a warm day. They aren't into that time period yet and they may never be. I loved what we saw... More

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Thanks for your review. I hope you come back with a friend and enjoy lunch and a walk! More

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