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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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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The vast mansion, museum, library, grounds and gardens are a must for any visitor to Wilmington. Easy to reach and an absolute joy to experience. Don't miss them on any account.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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215 reviews 215 reviews
123 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It all started with gunpowder being produced along the Brandywine river, a very dangerous occupation at the time. Today what remains of the buildings makes for a wonderful and educational visit in a beautifully forested estate overlooking this narrow river. Especially beautiful in spring and fall with the colors. Plan on 3-4 hours including a lunch at an organic cafe... More

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Nesconset, New York
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31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum is a full day event. When you first arrive there are 3 floors of displays about the duPont industry from making black powder to present day achievements. Then there is a bus ride up to the mansion where a guide will take you on a tour, then there is the garage and barn to see the cars and... More

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Rockland County, NY
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This didn't look like much when we pulled into the parking lot, but looks can be deceiving. The visitors' center had 3 floors of exhibits. Then you can walk on a path to some of the exhibits which include a millwright shop, a dust mill, a stone quarry, a Sunday school and a machine shop. Demonstrations of firing gunpowder are... More

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Parlin, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wonderful tour. It tells you a lot about the Dupount Family. Beautiful grounds. It was well worth the stop.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Being a new transplant to DE, this was the first attraction I visited and can't wait to go back.....not only is it beautiful, but you get a lot of DuPont history. All the staff were extremely informative and helpful as well. Would recommend it to anyone- if the weather's great just go do it!

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

Welcome to DE! I'm thrilled you enjoyed your visit to Hagley! Thank you for writing a review. If you are interested in upcoming programs, please contact me: mmarcozzi@hagley.org (Meg) More

Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

It's really nice. I went with my 2 kids (4 and under) and they love the scenery, the gun powder blast demo and the bus rides. Unfortunately, because of the ages of my kids.. I was not able to stop and read and everything but the displays and topics looked really interesting! I would reccomend this site to everyone. The... More

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Thanks for your review! I also love the tarragon chicken salad. More

New jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Lovely grounds and well maintained. We enjoyed the museum, house tour, and the powder demonstrations. Learned a lot about gun powder, and the Dupont family.

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