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Hagley Museum and Library

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Seniors


PO Box 3630Wilmington, DE 19807 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley is located on 235 acres by the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware.


Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.

Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America, especially the Middle Atlantic region. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society.

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes and administers the Hagley Museum and Library's interaction with the world of scholarship. It brings attention to Hagley's research collections and generates intellectual dialogue at Hagley.


Would you recommend Hagley Museum and Library?
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by Mark S. (June 1, 2009)
The history of the Hagley Machine Shop is amazing! It is important to share the stories with the young visitors, so they can learn and appreciate this piece of American history.
by EMORY C. from Wilmington, DE (May 16, 2009)
Volunteer interpreting in Hagley's 1800's Machine Shop is a rewarding experience. The actual operation of this once water powered shop is exciting; a real hands on kind of thing. Interaction with our visitors makes what we do very enjoyable.
by Nancy M. from Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2009)
A library is a special place for me and I love volunteering at Hagley Library. Each time I go I do something different--it never gets boring. The people working at the library are friendly and very willing to be interrupted if necessary.

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