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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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Gmabrills
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip here. It is truly a hidden gem!!! There is always a new exhibit in the galleries and the grounds are magnificent! Men should really not drag their heels when a female says"Let'sGo!" as there is the machine shop, powder mill sight to temp! Yes there is no part of this wonderful museum that is not... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Hagley Museum tour covers the home and black powder facility of the DuPont family. This was the smallest DuPont house we visited and it was very interesting because it sits just above the black powder facility. The tour included the house with a guide, and an opportunity to tour the gardens, the barn containing old wagons, carriages, cars and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

First of all, the Bagley museum is on absolutely beautiful grounds! The river is gorgeous. I would give this a 4-4.5 star eating of I was there with just myself or girlfriend. I had my three nieces with me on a warm day. They aren't into that time period yet and they may never be. I loved what we saw... More

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

Thanks for your review. I hope you come back with a friend and enjoy lunch and a walk! More

Follansbee, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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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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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Arlington, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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