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Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
+1 302-658-2400
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Fascinating history in a beautiful setting

What a deal - only $10 senior rate for a wonderful half-day's entertainment and education. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
CBW47
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Yorktown, VA
Boring and overrated

I am a native Delawarean. I grew up in this state and I can say that this state worships at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
danielsmd1972
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Wilmington, Delaware
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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 6 days ago

What a deal - only $10 senior rate for a wonderful half-day's entertainment and education. The visitors' center is in a former cotton mill, with a well-presented museum area on two floors. A shuttle leaves from there which stops off a several places; you are...More

Thank CBW47
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for writing such a thorough review of your experience at Hagley! We are so glad you enjoyed your day spent at the museum. We'd be delighted to welcome you back in the future. We have a great car show in September...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a native Delawarean. I grew up in this state and I can say that this state worships at the altar of DuPont regrettably. Which makes the review all the more harder to write as I found that the walk through the grounds were...More

Thank danielsmd1972
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the powder mill tour. We'd be happy to provide you complimentary passes for you to return to the museum on another date, perhaps for a cannon demonstration or one of our walking tours - the explosions walking...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour had a lot more than I expected. We were planning to spend a few hours here and ended up staying the entire day! They have buses that take you to different stops throughout the grounds. Start with a demonstration at the Powder Yard...More

Thank dmv224
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review of Hagley! We are so glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. We will be opening a full exhibit of the patent models in April 2018 - we hope you can come see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were originally on our way to the Dupont Nemours Mansion and Gardens when we stopped here for their organic restaurant that came highly recommended on TripAdvisor and we decided to spend the day touring this Dupont home instead! Excellent helpful staff that really enjoy...More

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

Thank you so much for writing a review of your visit to Hagley! We are so glad you stopped in and enjoyed your visit. We'd love to welcome you back any time you're in the area!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a dreary misty/rainy day, but the walk thru the grounds was beautiful. visit the early DuPont home, learn about the French immigrant family and their contributions to America. see the sunday school/classroom. lots of interesting history facts given by the docents.More

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for writing a review of your experience at Hagley! We wish you could have had better weather while you were here, but we're glad that you made the most of it. If you enjoy walking the property, we encourage you to come back for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The site is beautiful and the history fascinating. Small lunch place that is pleasant but not gourmet dining. Museum has a terrific display which appeal to the adults and teenagers.

Thank 4031travelbug
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for writing a review of Hagley! We hope you'll visit us again soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not only is this is beautiful piece of history along the Brandywine River rapids but is very well done. There are many volunteers that make the experience personal, fun, and educational. You even get a taste of a DuPont mansion as well as learn about...More

Thank Aaron M
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience at Hagley! We hope you enjoyed your visit and that we will see you again soon.

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

A most excellent day. My daughter, grandchildren ( age 6 and 4) and myself, can not say enough good things about this location. There was something to do for everyone. The children loved the outdoors. The staff was beyond "super friendly". We will definitely be...More

Thank Manuela B
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing such a lovely review of your experience at Hagley! We are so glad everyone enjoyed their visit. We would love to welcome you back on your next visit to Wilmington. We have an antique car show in September, family activities over...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

The Hagley Museum and Library is comprised of over 200 acres. It would be prudent to do a little homework before setting out to visit, due to the vast acreage and numerous buildings on site. Whatever signs they've provided have been beautifully done in good...More

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you so much for writing such a thorough review of your visit to Hagley! We are a bit off of the beaten path so it can be difficult to find the museum. I will let the visitor center staff know about your concerns. I...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

When deciding what to do on our one day to sightsee while in Wilmington, we were disappointed that so many places were closed on Monday. We chose to go to Hagley Museum because it was open. Thanks other places for being closed - as we...More

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

It sounds like you had a great visit at Hagley! We are so glad you could join us on a Monday, and we thank you for writing such a nice review. We hope you visit us again if you're back in Wilmington!

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DaleNewJersey
What is the cost for tickets
4 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
We want to visit with a disabled family member, are the grounds and attractions wheelchair friendly?
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
Hello I'd like to visit the Hagley Museum in spring since it will be warmer and the days longer. Please could you tell me all the different parts of the museum and grounds there are to see and what the tour provides? I'd also like to know how long the tour is? I want to see everything 😁 Thank you
30 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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