Whether you are touring the property or visiting this historic du Pont estate for a special event, Hagley Museum and Library is always a fun-filled adventure. Famously known for being “Where the du Pont story began, in Wilmington, Delaware,” Hagley has proven time and time again that they are more than just that. They have taken on innovation and expanded on the legacy of the du Pont family with their patent model collection and their new Nation of Inventors exhibit opening this Fall.   

If you’ve been thinking about a #VisitWilm adventure this month... be sure to stop at Hagley for these special events.  

1. Bike & Hike & Brews presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  

Wednesday - August 4, 11, 18 & 25 - 5 to 8 p.m. 

Bike, jog, or stroll along to the relaxing sounds of the Brandywine while taking in the fresh air and scenic views. After working up an appetite, enjoy a variety of offerings from local food trucks--there's something for everyone's taste. Cool off with a refreshing Dogfish Head brew and grab a scoop of Woodside Farm Creamery ice cream for dessert. 

August 25 is the last Dog Days of Summer where leashed canine companions are welcome to join their humans for a walk. 

August 11 - Julian's Mac & Cheese 

August 18 - Mojo Loco 

August 25 - Dogs Days of Summer/Zaikka on Wheels 

Bike & Hike & Brews events are $3 per person, and free for Hagley members and children under five.

2. Fishing on the Brandywine 

Saturday - August 21 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Enjoy the ultimate summer pastime at Hagley! Relax while fishing on the Brandywine or along the mill race––no fishing license required. See if you can catch a sunfish, bluegill, or even a largemouth bass! Bamboo poles will be provided with fishing line, bob, and hook. Poles will be pre-strung, and bait will be hooked for your convenience. All ages are welcome to go fishing, but Hagley-supplied equipment must be used. Please leave your rod and tackle at home. 

Included with regular admission and free for Hagley members. 


3. Walking Tours at Hagley 

Sunday - August 15, 22, and 29 - 11 a.m. 

Walk back in time to learn about the facets of black powder production (and its dangers) in the nineteenth century. Walks offered throughout the month will ignite your sense of curiosity! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.   

August 15 - Rocks and Roll Mills 

Explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley and its impact on the milling industry. 

August 22 - Sights, Sounds, and Smells 

Experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder  Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests.  

August 29 - H2Oh! 

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. 

 Included with regular admission. Space is limited. Advance reservation is recommended.

4. Super Summer Saturdays 

Saturday - August 14 & August 28 - Beginning at 11 a.m. 

Spend some quality time together before the kiddos in your family head back to school. Join in on a double dose of fun with two Science Saturday + Summer Saturday mashups with hands-on activities that will get the whole family working together.   

August 14 - Summer Saturday - Lawn Games 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Take a whack at croquet and a swing at badminton. 

August 14 - Science Saturday presented by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP - Egg's Newton 

Noon to 4 p.m. 

Use an egg to demonstrate the principles of motion, showing Newton's laws in full force. 

August 28 - Summer Saturday - Wooden Boat Races 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Come sail away this Saturday as young visitors decorate, then sail a boat in one of Hagley's mill races. 

August 28 - Science Saturday presented by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP – Float Your Boat 

Noon to 4 p.m. 

Learn about buoyancy, density, and how boats stay afloat! Build your own boat and test how much cargo it can hold! 

Included with regular admission and free for Hagley members.   

5. Cannon Firings 

Sunday - August 29 - 1, 2, and 3 p.m. 

Send summer off with a bang with cannon firings that demonstrate how black powder was made and used. Find the cannon next to the Millwright Shop in the center of Hagley's Powder Yard.  

Included with regular admission and free for Hagley members. 

Looking ahead at Hagley Museum  


Hagley Car Show 

Sunday - September 19 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Get your motor running and get ready to cruise into the 25th annual Hagley Car Show! Experience the wonders of automotive innovation with nearly 500 classic cars displayed on Hagley's beautiful upper property. 

Are you a classic car owner? Registration is open until August 16 (or until the field is full). 

Online tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children, ages 6-14. 

Luxury Camping at Hagley - Benefits Hagley's STEAM Education Mission 

Enter now! 

Are you ready to experience next-level camping? Take a chance at winning one of two fabulous evenings of luxury camping at Hagley this October! Enter now to win a prize package valued at $2,500 including: 

• Luxury accommodations for eight in a Tiffin Luxury Diesel Pusher Motorcoach on Hagley’s upper property near the E.I. du Pont Garden. The motorcoach features high-end amenities, including a king bed, full bath, and full-service kitchen. 

• Catered multi-course dinner. 

• Movie and bonfire. 

• Catered breakfast with a view of the E.I. du Pont Garden. 


There are always adventures ahead with #VisitWilm attractions. For more information on these events and for more on Hagley Museum and Library visit their website at www.hagley.org.