Hagley Museum And Library
Hagley Museum And Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • grump51
    South Salem, New York336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    Very interesting place to visit. The demonstrations of both the powdermills and the machine shop were very interesting. The system used to power them uses water that is diverted from the Brandywine then reintroduced to the river after flowing through the turbines. The patent model exhibit in the visitor center was very unique. Be aware that access to the main house is by scheduled tour only. In addition you must take the shuttle bus to get to the house.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Mom R
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting history about the dupont's
    My husband and I really enjoyed visiting! We enjoyed the house tour. We enjoyed walking to the historic buildings. It was nice and shady. The river was beautiful. I'm glad there was a tram to take around the grounds. We didn't have time to explore the huge museum. We will return to do this. This was a very different experience than going to Winterthur.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • 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
    Travelled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • AbsolutelyDubrovnik
    Seattle, Washington989 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
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Wander693747
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Went on a raining day but that didn't stop the tour guides from giving us a great experience. All guides were knowledgeable and interested in our curiosity and engaged us in the house, family and grounds.

Worth the trip.
Written November 22, 2023
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We are so glad the weather didn't dampen your experience! We do hope you can visit again on a sunny day, though, to spend some time outside along the Brandywine!
Written December 29, 2023
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Annette S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The Hagley Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a fascinating collection of U.S. Patent Models and stories about the Women and Men who cleverly created and improved upon highly useful items. All of this is very well exhibited, and also fun inter-active displays.
Written October 23, 2023
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC5,936 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Arrived in later afternoon and with 1.5 hours remaining till closing was advised I could only visit one location - Mansion or Powder Grounds. The lady recommended the Powder grounds over the mansion. I walked along the trail and stopped at the different historical sight ruins but felt it was just ok, wonder if the mansion house would have been a better option. While coming back, also went into the Inventors museum again nothing special.
Written October 4, 2023
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thatsMsK2U
Centreville, MD43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful property! So well maintained. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgable. There is a lot to see :)
Written September 16, 2023
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AbsolutelyDubrovnik
Seattle, WA989 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written September 6, 2023
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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.

chuck m
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written September 2, 2023
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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.

SaminDC
DC305 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
You need to allow a lot of time to visit even though the house/first office tour is only just over an hour. This is the third time I have tried to visit, but they make it take so long I didn’t have time the first two trips.You can’t drive or walk to the house. You can only take a shuttle. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes, except when I visited at lunch time, there was a shuttle at 1140, and the next one wasn’t until 1250. They told me it was at 1230. It wasn’t. I had reserved the 1 tour, but when I got to the orientation center, another time suck, they tried to tell me I would need to take the 130. I firmly declined.
It is a big estate, but I’m not sure know interesting most of it is to see or, more importantly, why they assume everyone wants to spend hours here. The house is where the family that started DuPont lived for most of the 19th century, but it is not an especially fancy house (although it is nice).
The saving Grace was the tour guides who were super nice, knowledgeable, and informative.
Written June 23, 2023
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RS07030
London, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Planned on spending an hour here and ended up spending four. Fascinating museum and grounds, with enthusiastic and friendly guides. The different buildings / artifacts have thorough write ups, and there are several tours available too. Would particularly recommend the gunpowder tour.

It was almost empty when I was there, which also provided the extra benefit of a nice quiet walk through what felt like a private riverside park.

There is wifi throughout the grounds.
Written May 28, 2023
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Thank you for your five-star review of Hagley! We're glad you found your experience to be fascinating. There is much to see here, so it's great you were able to spend a half-day with us.
Written July 25, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mom R
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed visiting! We enjoyed the house tour. We enjoyed walking to the historic buildings. It was nice and shady. The river was beautiful. I'm glad there was a tram to take around the grounds. We didn't have time to explore the huge museum. We will return to do this. This was a very different experience than going to Winterthur.
Written April 14, 2023
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grump51
South Salem, NY336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very interesting place to visit. The demonstrations of both the powdermills and the machine shop were very interesting. The system used to power them uses water that is diverted from the Brandywine then reintroduced to the river after flowing through the turbines.

The patent model exhibit in the visitor center was very unique.

Be aware that access to the main house is by scheduled tour only. In addition you must take the shuttle bus to get to the house.
Written April 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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  • Thu - Tue 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.