Hagley Museum And Library
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
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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • chuck m
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it and learned a lot.
    This was a GREAT experience for my wife and myself. The grounds were beautiful and the guides and demonstrations were very informative and brought the visit to life. Everyone thinks they know about the DuPont Company, but a visit to Bagley Museum and touring the grounds where it all started was amazing. We highly recommend a visit.
    Thank you so much for your review of Hagley. We hope other people will be inspired to make it a couples day out here!
    Written September 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • AbsolutelyDubrovnik
    Seattle, Washington1,133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A museum not to miss
    Fascinating museum around this DuPont family and their black powder factory / production along the Brandywine river. The exhibits and tours of the machine shop and black powder production are incredibly well put together and showcased - loved the working water power and docents who led the tours. Would highly recommend this as a place to visit.
    Thanks for your 5-star review of Hagley and recommendation. We're glad you appreciated the format of our demonstrations and that our guides helped enhance your experience.
    Written September 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • bjminparis
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    Wonderful informative visit. Buses ran often and staff were very organized about getting us on the bus and scheduling a house tour. Great guides and information, beautiful setting and house tour. Would highly recommend. We were there about 2 1/2 hours and felt like we saw everything very thoroughly.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
  • sarahvirginia2016
    Richmond, Virginia107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting History of Early Industrialization
    My husband and I had a great day at Hagley! It was so interesting to see the 19th century gunpowder factory along the river and learn about the early history of industrialization in the US. We were quite surprised to see that some elements of the factory were still operational- including the repair shop and the grinding/mixing machine. Our guide even set off some gunpowder! The History of Patents museum was fascinating; we just wish we had had more time to study the models and read the informational signs. Plan more time than you think you'll need!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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teresa3000
Pennsylvania2,802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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JPGPhilly
Worcester, PA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Hagley is a gem and definitely worth a visit, even during the abbreviated winter tour schedule. our tour was memorable in large part due to the wit and wisdom of our tour guide / interpreter - Rodney. the tour encompasses two parts - the beginnings of the DuPont fame and fortune as black powder makers and their first manor house on site. honestly Winterthur and Nemours are more impressive, but it all began here at Hagley and the black powder making process is unique. there is a restored and working 19th century water powered machining building on site that is fascinating
Written January 22, 2020
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Thank you for your 5-star review of Hagley! We're glad Rodney left such a great impression on you! We hope other TripAdvisor users will take your advice and begin their tour of the historic du Pont properties here at their ancestral home and garden along the beautiful Brandywine!
Written January 23, 2020
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LBinTX
Fort Worth, TX402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS986 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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John J
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TNuccio-Youngs
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
this is mostly an outdoor walking museum which is great in the time of COVID. also good for kids. however you need to time your visit as the bus system takes you to the mansion and you have to get on the list for the bus, we ended up missing out on this (you can't walk to it)
Written December 13, 2020
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Thank you for your review of Hagley Museum! It's great you mentioned our outdoor spaces. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes during a visit to Hagley! Buses run on regular intervals during the week (hourly) and weekends (every half hour). Visitors may call 302-658-2400, ext. 261 to confirm the day's hours and bus schedule.
Written December 28, 2020
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Greg G
Kauai, HI20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The history of the black powder works was interesting, and the docent did a great job on the tour of giving us a lot of good history, and making it all interesting. You get to see the factory, the DuPont house, the workers quarters, and learn how they lived and worked. Seeing a factory running entirely on water power coming from the river was fascinating. There are also events in the summer that sound great.
Written March 7, 2020
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Thank you for your great review! We are glad you enjoyed Hagley and would love to have you come back for Bike & Hike & Brews in the summer! (its every Wednesday evening June-August 5-8pm)
Written March 9, 2020
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John W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Loved the tour of the home and powder mills. The gal who gave us the tour of the home did an amazing job. Pete did a great job down at the powder mills and Terry did a great job explaining the history of the grounds as he drove us to and from the powder mills
Written July 7, 2022
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FunFitnessFamily.com
Columbia, MD139 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,426 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
First, let me say the house tour was five stars. Deb, our docent, did an excellent job and was knowledgeable about the du Pont family and everything in the home and office. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. The visitor center doesn’t open until 10 and absolutely not one minute before. We thought we would walk around, but were told that for “liability reasons” we could not. I guess liability ends at 10. There are only a few uncomfortable benches to sit on while waiting. The first tour was at 11 a.m., so we had an hour to kill. We were told we could wander through the buildings and see demonstrations, and then catch the shuttle to the house for the tour, which was supposed to pass by every 20 minutes. Most buildings were empty and the one demonstration available at the machine shop didn’t start until 11. We arrived at the machine shop around 10:20 a.m. and chatted with the docent who was interesting and eager to give us a demonstration but the timing of the demo clearly interfered with the house tour. While we chatted, we waited and waited and waited for the “20-minute shuttle” which finally rolled by at 10:50 a.m. When we told the shuttle driver (the same guy who was concerned about liability) that we were on the 11 a.m. tour, he said we “had missed it and would have to take the 11:30 a.m. tour.” He said we should have been at the house by 10:45 a.m. to watch a video, which was news to us. When we insisted on making the 11 a.m. tour because we were not late, he argued with us and grumbled about calling the docent “having to go to the house first” to drop us off (which took all of about a minute). In short, the execution of the tours and demonstrations is very poorly executed.
Written September 28, 2022
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