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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of...

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.

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What an incredible place to visit!

We started our day with the bus ride to the DuPont family home. Our guide was Steve who did a wonderful job of allowing us to be informed and entertained at the same time. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Linda C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started our day with the bus ride to the DuPont family home. Our guide was Steve who did a wonderful job of allowing us to be informed and entertained at the same time. We loved the gardens and our visit to the first office. Down the hill we went to see a fully operational steam engine. Amazing! We lunched... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed Hagley - it is a park like museum. If able, walk the parts of the property that accessible by foot. It is lovely. Be sure to take the extra tour (no additional cost) of the Dupont house which can only be seen through a tour. The remainder of the property is walkable. The demonstrations offered are very... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Hagley. We agree - the cafe's grilled cheese and turkey chili is delicious. :) We hope you'll come visit us again soon! More 

Philadelphia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best part of our visit was the walk on the lovely grounds. We started at the Visitor's Center and learned a little about the Dupont family and the Brandywine area. There was a bus to take us up to the Dupont house. There was a guide who led us through the Hagley home. She was very interesting and informative.... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing such a nice review of Hagley! We hope you're able to join us again sometime soon for the gunpowder demonstration. It is a must-see! More 

New Castle, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although we have been here many times,Hagley is always a refreshing and relaxing place to visit.We stopped off for a bite to eat at the Belin Cafe on the grounds and enjoyed a great meal.Don't miss Hagley in the fall!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Tom! We have to agree with you - Hagley in the fall is a must see! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hagley Museum sits on a beautiful setting along the Brandywine River where the original DuPont powder works were located using the power of the water to supply the mechanical energy needed in their manufacturing process. Examples of this source of power are still there. The Museum building through which you enter the grounds has excellent exhibits about the history of... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Hagley! We hope you will come back soon to visit us again. Fall is a beautiful time to experience Hagley's sights and sounds. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Hagley museum is really nice. You start out by visiting a museum right after you pay for tickets. Than you take a shuttle to the Dupont family barn, house and garden. On the way back you can visit a few demonstrations and walk back. It was a very nice tour. The tour guides and the shuttle on time and... More 

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

Thank you for writing such a great review, Marianna! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Hagley. More 

Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had limited time so decided to see the house tour it was a 10 minute bus ride which they provide. the driver explained the different things you viewed on the way up to the mansion. The tour guide kind of rushed us through because it was the last tour of the day. Don't expect the grand mansion type of... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing a review of your house tour at Hagley! We hope you're able to come back and do a full tour of the property sometime soon. Fall is a beautiful time to visit! More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Length of time. As little or as long as you like. There are different itinerary options on their website. I took my time, saw it all, walked back to the visitor center instead of the shuttle. I was there more than 4 hours. But you could do a quick 1.5 hours and see just part of it. Stay on the... More 

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

Sherry, thank you so much for writing such a thorough and informative review. We're so glad you enjoyed your Hagley experience! Please come see us again soon. More 

New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

They have kept a feel for what life was like in the late 1800s. It becomes obvious also how much the water power from the Brandywine River was the driving force in the development of the area. The Museum has a very effective display tracing the history of the area and it’s importance. The tour of the mansion and garden... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Hagley is a hidden gem in the Brandywine Valley: It has it all! Walk along the lovely shaded creek (really a river!), tour the mansion, see the new exhibit of patent models (check for hours), experience simple machines (kids), see demos of the gear/belt/waterwheel machine shop. Eat good food at Belin Cafe, see the old schoolhouse, and much more in... More 

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