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Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
+1 302-658-2400
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A great historical area with a lot to see, well worth the money

Hagley is a bargain for the $14 entrance fee. This is start of the DuPont company from about 1800... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ephyfe
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Wilmington, Delaware
Not Too Be Missed

Gunpowder, Power, History, live machinery and a beautiful setting. Whether it's Christmas or the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jackalcall
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Laurel, Maryland
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hagley is a bargain for the $14 entrance fee. This is start of the DuPont company from about 1800 to about 1921 when they got out of the dynamite business. The admission includes a small museum at the visitor center on the physical geography and...More

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for writing such a great review of your trip to Hagley! It sounds like you had a great visit, and we would be happy to welcome you back. The property is beautiful year-round so please come see us again in warm weather!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gunpowder, Power, History, live machinery and a beautiful setting. Whether it's Christmas or the summer time, Hagley is worth the time to visit. This is the original DuPont plant where the family got its start making black powder in the early 1800's. 180 explosions in...More

Thank Jackalcall
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful review of Hagley! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We hope you'll come visit again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the Hagley Museum's DuPont family home all decorated for Christmas and made sure to spend time in the museum as well. The grounds are lovely but the gently falling snow made it magical. Hagley is a treasure trove of the DuPont's...More

Thank Beth_McD05
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for writing such a great review of your trip to Hagley! We hope you will come visit the museum again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Christmas Candlelight tour and it was fantastic. Our docent was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. It was well worth the trip.

Thank DJF1958
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the Twilight Tours! The property is especially beautiful during the holidays. We hope you're able to come visit Hagley again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traveled to Delaware in early November so the mornings were quite cool, but the people and knowledge of the people at the museum was great. Had tours and demonstrations that were very interactive and if you arrive late in the day you can also come...More

Thank HickoryPines
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for writing such a great review of your experience at Hagley! We hope you're able to come back and see the rest of the property!

Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Lovely Christmas decorations in the family home. Very informative tour director. Sadly not handicapped accessible except for the grounds.More

Thank Janet D
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you so much for writing a review of your visit to Hagley. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, there are parts of the property that are not handicapped accessible due to the nature of how...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

Hagley Museum and Library is an amazing step back in history and Americana. “(It) is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. It is simply remarkable. It exceeded expectations, with each “guide” providing an entertaining story complemented by...More

Thank Marc S
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

What a lovely review of Hagley! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great and thorough review of your visit to the museum. We hope you're able to come visit us again soon!

Reviewed 26 November 2017

Always learning something new even after numerous visits. House tours are great!! Belin Cafe offers a high end variation on common "Site" food. I recommend the tortellini!!More

Thank Pantera63
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

We are delighted that you enjoy the museum so much to be a repeat visitor. If you haven't done so yet, please look into our membership offerings - it would be a great benefit for you if you visit us often! Come see us again...More

Reviewed 17 November 2017

the gardens were beautiful, even though it was November. The leaves were turning color and the whole estate was magnificent

Thank brealjs
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you so much for writing a review of your experience at Hagley! We hope you come visit us again soon. The grounds are beautiful in the spring as well!

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The plethora of volunteers there made an afternoon very enjoyable for our 6 and 11 year old grand children. The museum was suitable for them as was the hay ride.

Thank David G
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

We're so glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience at Hagley! We hope you can come visit us again soon.

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DaleNewJersey
3 June 2017|
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Response from ScenicTrek | Reviewed this property |
Adults are $14.00, seniors are $10.00, and children ages 6-14 are $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. If you plan on visiting multiple attractions while in Wilmington, I highly, highly recommend buying the Brandywine... More
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SalPurkins
20 January 2017|
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Response from Hagley19807 | Property representative |
Hello! Our fellow commenters are correct - Hagley's Visitor Center has three floors with self-guided exhibits, all of which are accessible by elevator. Much of the museum grounds can be fully experienced by wheelchair users... More
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Bindi N
29 November 2016|
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Response from Hagley19807 | Property representative |
Hello Bindi, A visit to Hagley can last anywhere from about 90 minutes to a whole day, depending on how much you'd like to do. Your tour will start off in the Visitor Center, where we have three floors of exhibits. From the... More
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