Hagley Museum

Making It to a Museum


Okay.  Familiar scenario.  You just spent your entire Saturday at the American Treasure Tour and your brain is saturated with fun, but you find you are still eager to learn and experience and grow. So, what do you do?  You get into your car, or whatever type of perambulator tickles your fancy, and drive.  You don't have to drive far to discover another site that is almost as cool as the ATT.  In fact, there are lots of destinations in the Philadelphia area worth your time. Today, we are going to encourage you to leave Pennsylvania - but don't worry. You can be back by dinner time, easy. We suggest you go all the way to ... Delaware!  Just outside of Wilmington proper is a museum that shares the story of the DuPont family.  No, we're not talking about Winterthur, at least not today. Nor are we talking about Longwood Gardens. We're talking about the Hagley!

The Hagley Museum is located right on the Brandywine Creek.  It was where the DuPont family first settled after coming to the United States from France, refugees from the French Revolution. It is also where they started their gunpowder business.  They built their own industrial town for lodging of their employees, and there's a mansion you can tour there.  Don't want to walk too much?  Fear not!  There's a shuttle bus that takes you from the old mill where exhibits are down to the gunpowder buildings and to the mansion. You can spend an hour or an afternoon there.