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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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162 reviews 162 reviews
45 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Hagley tells the story of DuPont, the industrial revolution and young America. Allow a few hours or more to see it all. Go in cooler weather. Don't miss it.

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Oshawa, Ontario
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I could not resist saying that it was a blast as it really did make an impression. We experienced a real sense of history at the site and what it must have been like to be employed in this type of explosive atmosphere and to be a part of early Delaware industrial history. As a President of an Historical Society... More

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Suffern, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We went to see the Hagley Museum and was very enriched by our day there. First, we took a tram ride to the original DuPont Home and learned about the DuPont family and the Black Powder mills and worker's living area. Our guide was very learned and told us so much on the history of the area. We spent about... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Beautiful setting and interesting history of the beginnings of the DuPont family business. You will see the original DuPOnt home, remains of the black powder mills, and the worker's village. In the village is a lovel cafe with excellent food (lunch and snacks). The gift shop is small but has lots of interesting and unique items.

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Warren, Michigan
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3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very interesting and pleasant visit. Learned all about the history of the DuPont family and their contribution to the area.

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Wilmington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A very historic museum for the area and the DuPont company. A beautiful walk along the brandy wine river with well-preserved historical buildings with several original mills and workshops still operational for demonstration. Always a great stroll with a historic feel.

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visit Hagley once a year in September when they have their classic car show. We usually enter a car into the show so admission for the family is included in the entry fee, which is a great deal. However, we have visited a couple times without an entry, which in turn cost us $10 per adult for entry into... More

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Great pictures of the Car Show! Thanks for visiting and writing a review. More

boston
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I wanted to see the home of the founding DuPonts, so decided to check out the Hagley. The welcome center is nicely done and the counter people were very welcoming and gave you a good agenda on how to see it all. 1st floor museum slightly dated but good overview of why this was an important location in the Brandywine.... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a "walking" type of museum with lots of buildings around the property. The first part of the property has all the outbuildings of the "black powder" (i.e. gunpowder) machinery/etc. Has good signs and mini tours by volunteers. Lovely view of the Brandywine River running alongside the property. Bus service is available for the entire property and you must... More

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Philadelphia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Hagley is located right along the Brandywine River. It's incredibly scenic, and the trails are not too long between the Visitor's Center and the last stop before the Du Pont mansion. The demonstrations of gunpowder making were interesting, and the food on-site was well priced and tasty. I felt a little bit pressed for time (I made it in time... More

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