Hagley Museum And Library

Hagley Museum And Library, Wilmington: Hours, Address, Hagley Museum And Library Reviews: 4.5/5

Hagley Museum And Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company founded in Delaware in 1802 and powered 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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David L
Wilmington, DE818 contributions
Dec 2019
This is not the most amazing museum in the world, the country, or even necessarily the best of Delaware. When I first arrived to DE as a teenager, I didn't think it had anything to offer in the way of culture, but the DuPont family really made its mark on the state. So much of the history of DE is connected to this family and it is seen through its network of museums including Winterthur, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, and even Longwood Gardens in PA. As I have now seen all of the former DuPont estates turned museums, I have gained a greater appreciation for these estates that have allowed history to be frozen in time.

I think Hagley is for a little older crowd who can really appreciate the milling history of Delaware and the DuPonts, but there are some things that are appealing to younger kids. There are the classic cars in the barn and they do have a gingerbread making contest around Christmas. The period rooms are more for adults. We didn't see everything on the expansive grounds, as the weather was a little colder and we didn't do too much walking.

There is a cost for entrance, but we went for free due to a promotion with a local realtor. We'd like to come again when the our kids (age 6 and 4) are a little older and the weather is a little warmer, but we did like that our visit was free.
Written January 28, 2020
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1,767 contributions
Jan 2020
We drove into the parking lot and thought we were in the wrong place you can't see the yellow estate that's in all the pictures at all from the parking. Enter the visitors center and purchase $15 tickets which bring you into the small museum and dioramas that are so well done puts other museums to shame. From there a BUS drives you up the hill to the estate and first office ~ during the trip a tour guide (Tim ~ amazing) tells you all about the many things to see. The 'soda' building where sodium used to be held ~ now documents are studied there, old mills, steam house, hand dug canal, railroad tracks, DuPont brother-in-laws house (wool) Roman Gardens (ruins) etc...
Once your at the house you tour a barn for over view of the family and estate history, then visit a separate office, then enter the main house and good through 3 levels of it and able to see some damage from the 288 explosions that happen in the 1800's. then back to the bus for a steam and gunpowder demos.
Definitely can make a whole day of this beautiful estate~ history at its best!
Written January 27, 2020
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Thank you for your 5-start review of Hagley! And we are happy to hear that you had such a great experience here! It truly is history at its best!
Written January 29, 2020
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teresa3000
Pennsylvania2,729 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited Hagley after a short drive from Auburn Valley State Park. There is plenty of parking and picnic tables close to the parking lot. There are flushing toilets by the parking lot too.

We bought out tickets from the gift shop and waited at the designated boarding station for the bus to the main house.
The bus makes one stop at the machine shop to pick up passengers to take them to the house.

At the last bus stop (Eleutherian Mills), there is a guide who provides introductory information about the family. After that you walk to the barn, the gardens, outside the home and the lower level of the barn. All of this places have a guide.

We were there for about one hour and then waited for the bus. The bus made a brief stop ( about 10 minutes) at the Steam engine house for a demonstration.

There was another stop at Machine shop. This was our stop and from here we visited the machine shop and had a Black powder explosion demonstration. We toured the rest of the buildings and then walked towards the visitor center to exit.

Bathrooms are available throughout the property.
Written October 18, 2020
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Thank you so much for your detailed review of your visit to Hagley along with corresponding photos. It's great to show the safety precautions Hagley is taking while offering plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. It's definitely the perfect place to enjoy a picnic along the Brandywine! We hope you visit again at a time when we are able to open Eleutherian Mills for indoor tours.
Written October 26, 2020
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS936 contributions
May 2022
I decided to visit here because I wanted to see the factory facilities used for making gunpowder & to learn more about Pierre Dupont. My wife & I each paid a $12 a person admission fee at the senior rate. The factory facilities were not impressive & most of the information here was on the I.E. Dupont family. I was not interested in the house tour but went anyway because I thought my wife would like it. The house tour took about an hour, then we had to wait almost half an hour to take a bus to the factory part of the estate about a mile away. When I got there a machine shop demonstration & a gunpowder making demonstration were held every hour so if you wanted to watch both you had to spend an hour + here. Then you hope you can get a bus to take you back to the parking lot. If you come here plan on at least half a day. I am not coming back.
Written May 31, 2022
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FunFitnessFamily
Columbia, MD97 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We specifically chose to stop at Hayley House to see the mansion decorated for Christmas.

When we arrived, we were told to take the shuttle to the barn and then do the 3:30 tour.

When we got to the barn waiting room, a greeter chatted our ear off for 10 minutes and then told us the tour was at 3:20.

We leisurely looked at the amateur gingerbread displays and the few wagons in the barn.

Then we walked down to the house and another greeter again told us to go down for the tour.

We got there at 3:18 and were told the tour was full. The woman asked if we lived close and could come back and we said no. She then apologized and said we could use our ticket for the next two days (again not helpful).

Then she said we could get a refund. We used our ASTC passport.I wish I could’ve gotten a refund on our time because we could have done something else.

Not one staffer told us there was a max capacity for the tour or said to arrive early or we could get shut out.

The office also sees how many people are coming in. You mean to tell me that you didn’t realize how many people would be wanting to tour the house?!

If you’re gonna shut people out, then you should have a reservation system.

This is incredibly poor customer service! At a minimum you could’ve offered to at least let us see the decorations in the house and forgo the full fledged tour.

Thanks for ruining our day!
Written December 29, 2021
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Phil F
Philadelphia, PA9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Hagley is an underrated treasure of early Americana. The estate of E. I. Dupont, who arrived in 1802, was one of the birthplaces of American industry. The well-preserved house, along with the 19th century workshops along the Brandywine Creek for making black gunpowder (the initial family business, which generated great wealth), are thoughtfully presented by knowledgeable and approachable guides.

Although they are still recovering somewhat from hurricane-related flooding a few years ago, this museum is well worth a visit.
Written June 16, 2022
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John J
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Susan, remember the name. My daughter and I arrived at the museum after lunch around 1:30 an purchased out tickets. We were told that we had enough time to see the House, the Machine Shop and the Steam Engine House. We were not given Itineraries with time schedules. We saw the Machine Shop and Steam Engine House then just missed the bus by seconds to see the House. Turned out to be the last bus. The very nice bus driver suggested we ask for complimentary tickets to come back that weekend to see the house. We went to the Office and Susan refused the request and told us we mismanaged our time there and that is why we missed the bus. She was aggressive, condescending and disrespectful.
We will not be coming back. Terrible experience with the Office worker Susan.
Written July 20, 2021
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We’re sorry, John, to hear about your experience at Hagley. This certainly isn’t typical as seen by our positive reviews with TripAdvisor users. We’ll use this as a training opportunity to better communicate our bus schedule and to improve our customer service.
Written July 22, 2021
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lrb881
Wilmington, DE105 contributions
Oct 2019
My wife and I are members at Hagley. You can visit the early DuPont house, you can tour the powder mill making operation, learn the history of the site. There are lots of kids activities and they do special presentations. Overall, it has something for everyone, go to the website and look at the choices. For a first trip, take the bus up to the DuPont home, do the tour and then walk along the creek and look at the powder milll area. Educational and fun at the same time.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for the great review! We are glad that you are taking advantage of your membership at Hagley. So many more fun events coming this spring and summer!
Written February 26, 2020
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daisyferret1
Bear, DE27,778 contributions
Sep 2021
We go to Hagely once a year for the annual car show in September. Last year was cancelled due to the pandemic, so we were excited to see it come back this year. The car show is always held in September on a Sunday from 9-4. Cars are parked in large grassy fields & several are chosen to participate in the scheduled car parades. They also have food trucks on location to provide breakfast, lunch and desserts. You can pay to enter to view the cars IF you are not a participant. Car show participant's admission is included in their car registration fee & includes all passengers in the vehicle.

Overall, we had another wonderful afternoon at Hagely Car Show. It is a nice show. You see all types of cars from Steamers to Muscle cars & American to Foreign cars. You never know what is going to show up. You can count on seeing several HUNDRED cars though! This car show does not disappoint. It is a nice relaxed setting too. They even have some activities for the kids such as pedal cars. The Alderman's tent usually has coloring pages for the kids too. Food trucks have always been good. I would recommend this car show and we will be back.
Written October 4, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoy the Hagley Car Show! Please keep coming back next year and even come to Hagley anytime throughout the year to enjoy the beauty of the property!
Written October 5, 2021
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LBinTX
Fort Worth, TX374 contributions
Nov 2019
Despite the rainy day, our visit to the Hagley Museum was quite enjoyable. My father has been attempting to finish visiting all 50 states as part of his "bucket list" and we were in Maryland, so had to find something interesting to do in Delaware. This was it! It was not busy, on a Sunday afternoon and we got plenty of personalized attention from the docents as we worked our way around the grounds. The sample firing of black powder was fun and I really enjoyed learning some better penmanship in the schoolhouse, complete with feather quill and ink. Fascinating story of how the Dupont family once owned this land and how they contributed to the area. Definitely worth your time to stop by - spend an hour or four! The restaurant was not open at the time of year we went, so be sure to check on that if you plan to eat.
Written June 30, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you chose Hagley as the Delaware destination on your father's 50 state journey. We hope you inspire others to embark on their own "bucket list" adventure!
Written July 21, 2020
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