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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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Peaceful and educational!

My husband loved it here! We learned a lot about the DuPont family and how they processed gun powder with water power. We missed the house, but it'll be open next week. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Jamie C
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My husband loved it here! We learned a lot about the DuPont family and how they processed gun powder with water power. We missed the house, but it'll be open next week. It was a lovely afternoon for what it is. ...the girls got a little board after a few hours. The cafe was quite lovely!

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

Dear Jamie C, Thank you for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit with your family. If you're looking for activities to keep your kids interested too, be sure to visit our website for a full schedule of family-friendly events! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My husband and I have been coming to the Brandywine region for fifteen years and didn't know this place existed until we stayed in Wilmington. I am so glad we found this place! We will be back. I'm a teacher and am also thinking of bringing my fifth graders here on a field trip. You can easily spend three or... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The museum is actually preserved house, gardens, factory, and workshop of E. I. DuPont de Nemours, the French immigrant and a friend of Thomas Jefferson, who established the DuPont company more than 200 years ago. They helped in western expansion by supplying the US army with high quality gunpowder. The museum details the contribution of the company from that point... More 

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

Dear Pankaj K, Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed learning about all the history and science behind Hagley, and the historical context of the setting too. We hope to see you come back sometime soon! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We enjoyed the abioity to walk around as we enjoyed a mellow day with visiting friends. Nice combination of history, and interesting technology combines to tell the story of early Brandywine Valley settlers and the impact they made on our American heritage.

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

Dear 550TLW, Thank you for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Hagley and had a relaxing day with your friends. Be sure to visit us again soon! More 

Coldspring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This was our second visit to this fantastic, historical place. Enjoyed it as much as the first time; a must see in Wilmington. Highlights were the home, carriage house with antique buggies and a conestoga wagon, antique cars & workers hill buildings.

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

Thank you for visiting us again and writing a review. We appreciate your support. More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I've been to Hagley's a few times already; but my husband and I return each year because it is such a nice place. The bus ride through the E.I. Mills is definitely a plus since it has air conditioning. However, it is nice how that the bus stops along the route and plays a short excerpt describing what you are... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us every year! We appreciate the support of our neighbors. Thank you for the review as well. More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We have made two visits to Hagley and enjoyed them both. The tour guides are excellent and to be told the story of the DuPont beginnings and be shown the gun powder making process from long ago is very interesting. The house should reopen from being under repair sometime in August-- glad we saw it on our last visit. The... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us more than once! There is so much to see (as you know). We appreciate your review as well. More 

Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A fabulous museum that preserves that history of the DuPont company's origins by mixing exhibits housed in a restored mill with the ability to walk among the remains of the powder yard. It's the history of the Brandywine Valley at its best and should not be missed.

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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's a beautiful walk among restored mills and ruins - so glad you enjoyed it! More 

New York City
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52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You will learn about DuPont and how it was built on the manufacturing of black powder right here along the Brandywine in Wilmington. The demos at the machine shop and the roll mill were the highlights of the tour. Using only water from the river it will turn turbines to power a machine shop or turn the wheels of a... 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's amazing to the Machine Shop and roll mill in action. The demonstrations are a particular favorite of mine too. I hope you can visit again soon. More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the museum is! The docents / volunteers are excellent and make it a very informative and fun experience. I'd visited with my teenage daughter and she particularly enjoyed the demonstrations.

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

Thank you very much for visiting and writing a review. The demonstrations are fantastic! We are glad you and your daughter enjoyed them. More 

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Additional Information about Hagley Museum and Library

Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Wilmington
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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