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Hagley Museum and Library

Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company...
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Easton, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful property, vistas and house and the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Interesting history and the trees are amazing. Fantastic.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This was recommended by our innkeeper and we are so glad we visited. The house was beautiful and we were sorry we did not leave enough time to explore the other buildings. The estate is located along the Brandywine River and there are gardens, workshops and the mills. It seems like a great place to walk so we plan to... More 

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Daytona Beach
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

There is nothing I disliked about this Museum. It takes you back in time to how gunpowder was manufactured and how they used the Brandywine river for power. The original DuPont home is really a page in how the wealthy lived.

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Philadelphia, PA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Hagley is the site of the first Dupont black powder works and the first Dupont home. It is on the banks of the Brandywine River just outside of Wilmington. We went on a cold but clear day during the Christmas holiday season. Though a Sunday afternoon it was not crowded. We toured the first company office and home. The home... More 

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Delaware
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Both native Delawareans and travelers alike need to visit this extremely interesting historic site that traces the arrival of the early DuPont's from France to the US, all because of a little gunpowder. Sounds boring but Hagley makes living history come alive. The exhibits and buildings are outstanding and the setting on the beautiful Brandywine River is gorgeous. Both adults... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A good look at the history of this industry and Wilmington area. We took our teenage grandchildren and they enjoyed the visit and the exhibits.

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Thank you for the review! I am very glad your grandchildren enjoyed their visit to Hagley. More 

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

this museum really combines industry architecture and lifestyles in 19th century America the development of the Dupont company and its branching out from the original gunpowder mfg the view of how gunpowder was manufactured and the tour of the Dupont house and garden inform us of much of the structure of society in the 1800's guides were all informative helpful... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a wonderful and informative way to spend a day. The setting is lovely, the exhibits are well-staged and the tour guides and very friendly and informative. The shuttle makes it easy to get from one area of exhibits to another. There is something for everyone. Very young children would probably not find it enjoyable, but certainly those who... More 

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

Centerville,Ma.
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Would love to return on a warmer day but unfortunately it was rainy and cold the day of our visit. A lot of it is inside but a warmer day would have been spectacular. Grounds are spacious and the tour guides did their best to keep us dry. I learned a lot I didn't know about Du Pont products in... More 

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Allentown, PA
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36 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had thought that we would get to tour this museum during our visit to the Brandywine area last year, but just ran out of time......so we blocked out a fall day from our crazy schedule and scheduled a visit. Yes, we knew that the gardens would not be as inviting, but believe me, we were not at all disappointed... More 

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