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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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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place turned out to be a great disappointment. Our party of four adults were bored and didn't find any part of this enormous property interesting. The property either has no upkeep or is maintained so on purpose to reflect the lifestyle of the 1800s. The gardens are just okay. The price per admission did not justify the value offered... More

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We decided to visit the Hagley museum based on other reviews and found it to be an interesting experience. It was definitely worth seeing- especially the house and grounds leading to it. We showed up late and didn't have a good opportunity to witness the black powder demonstration, but what we saw was very interesting. The guide we had for... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

For the engineer or industrial history fan, this is a must see. You will learn a lot about how black powder was made in 1800's and the innovations introduced by duPonts.

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Even if you have no interest in the powder factories developed by the DuPont's at this site, you cannot help but fall in love with the beautiful setting of Hagley. Stretched alongside the scenic and bubbling Brandywine River, the museum has an abundance of beautiful, tall old trees and walking paths. You will pause to watch the river tumble on... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My sister gave me and my great nieces the most wonderful day at Hagley. In addition to the inexhaustible offerings both in the museums also also outside in Nature, Hagley gave us all the most memorable day. From young children to adults, there are many, many things to enjoy for everyone here. We arrived when the museum complex opened and... More

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Queenstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We discovered Hagley while moseying around Wilmington one Sunday afternoon and are so glad we did…The grounds are on the site of a early 19th century mill along the Delaware River…The beautiful grounds include ducks, geese and swans and hug the riverside for miles…You can walk up to the mansion of the original Du Pont family who settled there and... More

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Hagley offers a wide variety of things to do. The museum is packed with documents, perfect for the historian or curious person. The trails are beautiful and the preserved equipment make it that much better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Peefect pit stop for a few hours to do some historical sight seeing. Great for all ages. I LOVED the waterfall on site. A simple stroll around the grounds make you realize how like today is just too fast and materialistic. We all enjoyed the demonstrations from the staff, friendly and knowledgeable about everything.

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Goes into the history of how the DuPont fortune began with manufacturing gunpowder and later explosives to fuel the country's expansion. The mansion and museum are very well done. The gunpowder works are especially interesting as the machine shop and mill areas actually still work.

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was one of the most delightful museums we have ever visited. The birthplace of the DuPont family business, it includes the original family home, the old gunpowder works, a few buildings from the worker's village, and a small museum at the visitor's center, where we learned, among other things, about the history of Nylon. The setting is exquisite, along... More

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