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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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Follansbee, West Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited here on a whim as we traveled toward Cape May. Intriguing story of the DuPonts' departure from France in 1799. Who knew black powder was the beginning of their businesses?! Wonderfully preserved buildings, especially the machine shop. The guide here was excellent! Much to see and ponder for all interests and ages.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We live less than 30 minutes away from the Hagley Museum, but had never even heard of it in the 4 years we've been here. Everyone talks about Winterthur and Longwood, but Hagley doesn't seem to generate as much buzz. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much, but boy was I pleasantly surprised by this place! Nestled along the banks... More

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

Thanks for the review! I hope you visit us again soon - especially because you are so close. More

Oakton, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Brandywine Valley in Delaware is rich in offerings: Winterthur and Nemours mansions and museums - both created/owned by DuPont heirs. But how did it really start? That's why you need to go to the Hagley museum! It gives terrific context to the mansions. DId you know that the DuPont company was started by a French immigrant fleeing the French... More

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

Thanks for the review! It is very informative - and I'm sure other explorers will think so too. I hope you come back and visit us again. More

Wallkill
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

So much history to see and so little time. The house and grounds are excellent as are the museum and powder works. They give a two day ticket that is still not enough to see all there is to see.

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

Thanks for the review! I hope you come back and explore again. More

Arlington, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

From the gun powder works to the display of the firing of black powder to the mansion on the top of the hill to the company town replica, this is one of the most fascinating and interesting of all of the Dupont mansion and early 1800's living museums around. All along the beautiful Brandy Wine River, this is a must... More

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

Thanks for providing feedback on your visit. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Great visit for those mechanically inclined or interested in history (or who just want to hear gunpowder go "boom"). Unlike other grand mansions in the area known for their gardens and art this site is loaded with the history of industrial innovations. This was our first visit (skipped the main house) and learned about the manufacturing of gunpowder and machine... More

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sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although the house itself we found depressing and a mishmash, the rest of the estate / visit was a great experience. The whole family enjoyed the visitor centre - the diorama at the beginning giving the history of the Brandywine Valley, and of the DuPont family was particularly good, impressing on young and old alike the close links between geography... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Everyone in Wilmington is in love with the DuPont family. On this museum property is the first home of the Du Pont family. Nice enough to walk through and visit (NO PHOTOS ALLOWED??) but the rest of the museum site is lovely. Acres of woodlands and the river runs rapidly along and through the property. Learn about gunpowder and mechanical... More

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

Thanks for the review! I'm sorry you were not impressed, but glad you enjoyed your visit. More

Palo Alto, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Hagley museum is one of the DuPont properties in the portion of the Brandywine valley spanning the Delaware-Pennsylvania border from Wilmington up to US-1. There are four main DuPont related historic attractions open to the public in this area. Two of the sites (Winterthur and Nemours) are mainly mansion/museums with Nemours also encompassing a Versailles style garden. Hagley is... More

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

Thanks for the wonderful and informative review! More

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

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

I appreciate your honesty. I am sorry your visit did not meet your expectation. I'd like to have a conversation with you about it. Would you contact me? My name is Meg Marcozzi and you can reach me at mmarcozzi@hagley.org. Thanks! More

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