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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
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+1 302-658-2400
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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History as it should be presented.

I have been to Hagley so many times I cannot give an estimate. It is the foremost research center in the country, perhaps in the world, for American business history. In the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Wilmington, Delaware
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to Hagley so many times I cannot give an estimate. It is the foremost research center in the country, perhaps in the world, for American business history. In the collections are sizeable archives for many of the great American businesses. This sort of thing is for the specialist. For the general public, there are exhibits inside 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 such a thorough review of Hagley! We are so appreciative of our visitors who come to the museum often throughout the year. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Maker Fest on April 29 - it will be a great event! :) More 

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the original site of the DuPont Company, where gunpowder was made. It is located along the Brandywine River, which provided the power for the mills. There is something for everyone at this museum: a beautiful natural setting along the Brandywine, American history, manufacturing history, engineering of the mills, the original DuPont family home, gardens and more. For scholars... More 

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

What a great review of the museum! Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Hagley. We have some terrific events throughout the year, and we'd love to have you back for those! More 

Fresh Meadows, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

be prepared to spend a lot of time at this site really amazing learn all about the DuPont family and gun pwder and machine works....several on site demonstrations and plenty to see......unfortunately the house was closed for 2 weeks of renovations but still plenty to see and do....visit workers hill powder yard machine shop etc.......nice café on property for lunch

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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're sorry for any inconvenience associated with the closure of the residence due to renovations. We do offer tours year-round so please consider coming back for another visit to see the house. You won't be disappointed! More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The display of patent models from the 1800's is unique and first-rate. You'll find everything from improved mouse traps, to washing machines, to swinging porch swings. This is a terrific testament to American inventiveness. Superbly displayed. Staff very helpful. Well worth your time.

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

We are so glad you love the patent models as much as we do! They truly are a unique piece of American history. We are planning on opening a larger exhibit on the patent models later this year, so stay tuned! More 

Wilmington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful Christmas visit to Hagley! The house was beautifully decorated - as it would have been through the years. Our guide was very knowledgable and it was an easy bus ride from the visitor center to the house.

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

James, thank you so much for writing a review of your experience at Hagley! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit over the holiday season, and we welcome you to come visit us again in the coming months. We have some great events planned in the spring and summer, and we'd love to have you back! More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is interesting on so many levels. It's a great place to tour and take visitors. This museum does not require reservations. A great place for young and old. Seems to be open all year with different beauty each season. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Looks like a great place to volunteer.

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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. You're correct - we are open all year and we have to agree that Hagley is beautiful in all seasons! We're glad to hear you've had great experiences at the museum. We'd love to welcome you back anytime! More 

Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love going to the Hagley. We became members because we realized it would take several visits to see everything. We took our grandchildren Thanksgiving weekend for the activities that were offered. It is fascinating to learn about the manufacture of gun powder as well as learn more about the Du Pont family. The millwright's shop uses the original pulley... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Hagley! We're so glad to hear you've become members - it really is a great way to experience the museum at a bargain price. :) We hope you'll be able to bring your grandchildren to our upcoming Invention Convention programming later this month. It's a can't-miss event... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has been over ten years since I was last at Hagley. We were pleased to see that military families are granted free admission year round. We visited with our children (9,12,14, &15) and grandparents. There was plenty of variety and everyone enjoyed the visit. Two notes: 1. Our visit took 4 hours,& we skipped cafe and school house area.... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience at Hagley! We're glad you were able to make it back to the museum for a visit after such a long time. It does get pretty chilly on the property during the cold winter months, but we'd love to welcome you back in the spring... More 

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I lived in Wilmington Delaware for about six years and even though I drove by the Hagley Museum, mostly because I lived close by I never made it to the museum until I had moved away for about 16 years. The museum is amazing with live working water power from the Brandywine River that creates power to operate the old... More 

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

What a great review of Hagley! Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. We're so glad you made it to Hagley after so many years. We hope you'll plan to come visit again in the spring or summer when the trees are blooming. The property is even more beautiful then! More 

Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Were there more than 10 times now. That's a perfect place to visit for newcomers - you'll have perfect knowledge about Delaware's and DuPont's history. Most things i like happened 2 per year: Fireworks at summer - you NEED to visit it. Is is so cool and entertaining. Winter tours to DuPont's house with Christmas decorations inside. There are numerous... More 

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

Thanks for writing such a thorough review of Hagley! We agree - a membership is the way to go! :) We hope you'll come visit us sometime during this holiday season! More 

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