Explosions Tour at Hagley Museum
Visitors will experience in-depth the devastating power of black powder while exploring the heart of the DuPont production yards. Guests will hear personal stories about what life was like for those working and living within the reach of the nineteenth century’s most dangerous explosives, while considering the larger world of work in 1800s. This tour ends with an explosive (but safe) finish! Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in admission and free for Hagley members. Reservations requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 261. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Visitors explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley and its impact on the milling industry. Take home a piece of Delaware Blue Rock as a souvenir. Tour involves walking on uneven ground.
In the H2 Oh! walking tour, visitors discover the evolution of waterpower at Hagley from the water wheel to modern waterpower and how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over 120 years. It is a journey of innovation through the Hagley powder yards, including a stop at Hagley’s recently restored turbine bringing green energy back to the site.
Dig into two very different gardens – one fed the du Pont family and the other DuPont Company workers in the nineteenth century. This tour explores the socioeconomic factors influencing the architecture, produce, and the philosophies of each garden.
Visitors can take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the grounds of Hagley in a different light and meet one of our guides for a stroll through the property. Photography beginners or experts will enjoy this experience. Ability to walk some distance and carry your own equipment is necessary.