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Hagley Museum and Library
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Reston, Virginia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Designed nicely for a good visit experience. Docents were very well educated about the history of the site.

Visited August 2013
Thank Donna J
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Elkton, MD
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hagley Museum”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

It's been quite a while since we visited but Hagley is a great museum, showing the history of the DuPont company as well as the progression and use of industrial equipment in this country. It's on a beautiful site near the Brandywine River. Kids usually love it. Staff is very knowledgable.

Visited September 2012
Thank WCSElkton_MD
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New York, New York, United States
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329 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience and Fanatsic Views of the Brandywine”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Hagley is so much more than just a museum dedicated to the duPonts and Black powder. Expect to spend at least 45 minutes touring the museum's three floors (duPont history (1st Fl), History of Nylon (2nd Fl), and Science and Industry (3rd Fl)). The Tram ride touring the grounds of the Hagley on its way to the Eleutherian Mills mansion is breath taking as is the mansion. Plan to spend at least 1 to 2 hrs touring the grounds and the demonstrations. the Mansio tour is aprox 50 minutes but we felt very rushed and it should be extended by Hagley to a minimum 75 minutes. We weren't even able to get our questions fully asked and answered. Other tha that, this is a MUST for anyone visiting New Castle / Wilmington area .......

Visited August 2013
Thank eminker
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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great and Educational Visit”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

A very educational step back in time to learn about the Dupont family estate and their beginnings in producing black powder. The kids had a great time and the guides were great in answering our questions. Fun to learn about water power, and the guided tours of the steam engine and the machine shop. The kids enjoyed getting to sit in the Nascar race car in the 3rd floor of the visitor center. The house and garden tours were fun. The grounds were beautiful and we saw some deer. This is great place for a family visit.

Visited August 2013
Thank innervision11
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Wilmington, DE
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hagley Museum”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great and interesting displays for just about everyone. Not many know about the DuPonts and gun powder but they have made this so much more.

Visited April 2013
Thank Sam I
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