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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
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+1 302-658-2400
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of...

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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Great history place to visit while learning about the manufacturing of gunpowder

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Aaron M
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Hockessin, Delaware
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Hockessin, Delaware
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 the impacts they had on the development of our country as a whole.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 back. My grandson (4), had such a good time. He asked if we can go... More 

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 taste; however, they somehow blend into the scenery. A stranger in town needs to become... More 

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1 Thank Tetor22
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

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 apologize that you were not directed to the museum exhibits inside our visitor center, and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 probably wouldn't have come to visit. What a delightful day! We learned so much about... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

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! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hagley Museum is well done. It is a lovely historical Dupont home on the river. There is a working machine shop, a powder mill, and steam engine. The docents were very informative about this family and their industrial impact to the development of the sate of Delaware. The home and grounds are nice. We visited the summer and enjoyed the... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a review of your experience at Hagley! We are so glad to hear you had great docents and your family enjoyed the visit. We hope you'll visit us again soon - the summertime is the perfect time to visit Hagley! More 

Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by this attraction We learned about the important role of the river in bringing about economic development and prosperity to the area. Our time was limited but we saw a demonstration of how the factories actually obtained their power from the river The docent was quite knowledgeable The exhibits are well done From the buildings on... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing such a thorough review of your experience at Hagley! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We welcome you back any time to see anything you may have missed on this visit! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love it every time we go. Pleasant place to walk by the river, interesting powder mill history and demonstrations. Great for those who like machines and gunpowder or even just awesome scenery. A great family place to see fireworks in the summer as well!

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1 Thank Stacey S
Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a review of Hagley! We are so glad to hear you and your family have enjoyed your visits to the museum. We hope you are able to make it out this summer to our Bike and Hike series! More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the original home of the du Pont family on Brandywine Creek. The old powder works are on the grounds. The du Pont home and original office are open to the public as are an operating powder mill, operating water powered central shaft machine shop, operating steam engine and workers quarters. We were there on a Monday and there... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of Hagley! It sounds like you had a great visit with us, and we are so glad to hear that. Hagley is beautiful year-round, and we'd love to welcome you back any time throughout the year! More 

Wilmington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hagley Museum is a wonderful place to visit especially if you love history or Delaware history. So much of how the state of Delaware grew came from this historical site. This is a wonderful Museum to visit with your children once they get to about 8 or 9 years old. Younger than that they might not be able to handle... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a review of Hagley! We are so glad to hear that you have had great experiences at the museum. We hope you'll come visit us again soon! More 

Carneys Point, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been there a long time ago when my son was in elementary school...so the date listed is wrong...but nice place for a visit

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review of Hagley! We hope you can make it back to the museum sometime in the near future. Our summertime Bike and Hike series on Wednesday nights in June, July, August and September is a great time to visit! More 

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