Nemours Estate
Nemours Estate
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens • History Museums
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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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Open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last entry at 4 p.m.) Nemours Estate is a masterpiece of Gilded Age design with a 77-room Mansion, 200-acres of formal French gardens and grounds, and a Chauffeur's Garage housing vintage automobiles.
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MBalia
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Before you even go inside, the grounds and gardens will leave you stunned ( the Chinese peonies smelled like heaven). We started first at the Sunken Gardens and then worked our way up to the mansion, marveling at the chubby angelic cherubs and fantastical beasts of the fountains. The mansion is mind blowing in its splendor and detail- DuPont was an engineer so every mechanical idea that was cutting edge is in this house- bowling alley, dark room, ice maker, boiler room, central vacuum system (whaaaa?!). There’s so much to see and enjoy but the most important part of the whole experience are the docents stationed in every area, waiting to dazzle you with interesting facts and answers to all your questions! They add such depth to the history and make the DuPont family come alive (his third wife Jessie seems like such a character). I have to give a special shout out to Terry who’s a real hoot, Paula who really spilled the tea on the weddings and wives, and the docent in the garage whose name I didn’t get but who has driven all 6 cars including the $900k Rolls Royce (he remembers Jessie DuPont riding around Wilmington in one of them:) What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!
Written May 24, 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are very glad you were able to learn from us and that you enjoyed your visit at Nemours Estate.
Written May 31, 2022
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Drey98
New Jersey286 contributions
May 2022
This is one of several DuPont residences in the area. Its gardens, fountains, sculpture and mansion reminded me of a mini Versailles. It is a spectacular estate and after conversations with the informative, friendly guides inside the mansion, we took advantage of the free shuttle bus tour to hear stories and see the rest of the grounds. We learned about the hidden ceramic figures, the history of its construction and so forth and our great guide even gave us a ride towards the parking lot at the end of the tour. Definitely a must-see!
Written May 24, 2022
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Thank you very much for your visit and for your review of Nemours Estate!
Written May 26, 2022
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John S
Saint Clair, MI489 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
You enter the property and can walk the grounds, which are beautiful. First we went to the garage and checked out the old cars. The garage is immaculate and the cars are in great shape. Then we hopped on a little tour bus-type cart with about 10 people and they drove us around the property pointing out all sorts of details. Finally, we walked through the house and saw it was in perfect condition with many guides ready to tell us all about everything. The only downer was that they were short on staff due to Covid and some of the house was closed off for now. Still I would recommend going.
Written October 24, 2021
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Thank you for visiting the Nemours Estate and taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written October 24, 2021
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Adriana M
Syracuse, NY148 contributions
Apr 2022
This estate is bursting with charm and elegance. We loved wandering around the gardens, there was a bus offered to tour the gardens but we did not have the time to explore that option, but it sounded like an easy way to see them as they are quite expansive. When we got inside, each room was more impressive than the next and we had an amazing time interacting with all the very knowledgable and energetic guides posted in each room. We learned so much and had a wonderful experience.
Written April 19, 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We appreciate your visit at Nemours Estate and hope you visit again.
Written May 5, 2022
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Jamaicajazzara
16 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
The Nemours Mansion and Gardens are just lovely. The staff that met us at the entrance were kind and informative. Seeing as that a member of our group was in a wheelchair, they were sure to let us know that a lift in the mansion was out of order, but the elevator was okay. As long as we could make it up five steps we would be okay. They also offered us a ride back and forth to the mansion in a golf cart. The staff in the mansion was eager to interact with us and share knowledge about the house and the DuPonts as we went from room to room. We were even offered bottles of water on this very hot day.

One thing I did not realize was that the mansion closed at 4:30 PM. According to the website it is open until 5:00 PM. We were told that this only applies to the grounds. I wish the website was more specific. Also, the website says that the gardens and grounds are not handicap accessible (just paved roads that run through the property), but this is not completely true. Those paved roads run through some of the gardens so you can see them. I wish I would have known all these things so I would’ve allotted my time appropriately.

Overall, a wonderful experience and I would recommend Nemours to everyone.
Written July 21, 2022
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Thank you so much for the feedback! We appreciate your visit to Nemours Estate.
Written July 22, 2022
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PJCM744
South Windsor, CT313 contributions
Sep 2022
Nemours Estate and Grounds will not disappoint. The interior tour allows visitors to see most living areas, as well as view the kitchen/staff dining quarters and the recreation areas in the basement, along with the mechanical rooms. The docents were enthusiastic about the home and sharing their knowledge of the Dupont Family. Home was beautiful and the grounds were spectacular. I've been the Hearst Castle, Newport. Lenox.... and this estate certainly rivals those.
Written September 26, 2022
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We appreciate your wonderful review of Nemours Estate! Thank you for your visit.
Written October 1, 2022
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KosherAndGlutenFree
New Jersey239 contributions
Jan 2022
A beautiful mansion, although since Covid, only the ground floor of the main building is open. In addition, the garage, with 5 amazing cars (Rolls Royce, and similar), plus beautiful grounds. Clearly, the optimal time of year to go is spring or fall, when you can really enjoy the gardens and trails, but even in January it was quite beautiful, and very worth the $12 entrance fee.

A special shout-out to the staff; every single member of the staff gave a very friendly "hello", a wave, and a warm smile.
I wish they could teach that to *my* staff.
Written January 7, 2022
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Thank you for visiting Nemours Estate and taking the time to leave a review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit with us!
Written February 15, 2022
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karen0706
Severn, Maryland427 contributions
Sep 2022
We loved touring this beautiful house and its gardens. The fountains are spectacular! We especially enjoyed being able to see bedrooms, the kitchen, and servants' dining room in addition to the gorgeous public rooms. It was interesting to see the recreation areas in the lower level -- bowling alley, billiards room, and displays of military helmets and a model ship that Mr. duPont built.
Written September 21, 2022
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We are so glad you were able to learn from us. Thank you for your review of Nemours Estate!
Written October 1, 2022
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Deborah H
Jefferson, MD355 contributions
May 2022
We loved everything about this estate. The grounds were exquisite and so beautiful. The self guided tour included all levels of the house. The docents in each room were very knowledgeable and really answered any questions I asked. We had such a fantastic day touring this home.
Written May 8, 2022
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit at Nemours Estate. Thank you for the wonderful review.
Written May 11, 2022
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Mike O
Marshall, Minnesota, United States163 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife and I visited Nemours Estate in early September. We absolutely loved our time touring the home and estate! My wife is in a power wheelchair, and the staff, home and estate were very inviting - thank you! The staff assisted my wife with a small, portable ramp in/out of the home as well as in in/out of the Chauffeur's Garage. While inside the home, the hallways and rooms were very spacious for my wife, and we both loved the architecture, history and artwork throughout the home. To access multiple levels of the home, there was an elevator and also a lift which were fantastic. My only disappointment was that the bottom floor was closed for some reason - I assume that is where the bowling alley is located which I was hoping to see. My wife and I were able to explore a large majority of the grounds comfortably and with accessibility. Nemours Estate was definitely a major highlight of our 10-day vacation on the East Coast!
Written September 28, 2021
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Hello and thank you so much for your wonderful review of Nemours Estate and for sharing your thoughts on our accessibility. We continually strive to make the Estate buildings and gardens more accessible for all, especially considering we share our campus with the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Regarding your question about the basement being closed, like many businesses there have been staffing challenges this year, which has caused us to temporarily limit tours to certain areas. Thank you again for your visit and review, it is appreciated!
Written October 6, 2021
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