Cultural Attractions

World-class attractions are generously scattered throughout the scenic rolling hills, lush colors and beautiful landscapes of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. The area is home to lavish mansions, historic sites, natural beauty, one-of-a-kind antiques, influential artists, and magnificent gardens and fountains.

HISTORIC NEW CASTLE

Visit Delaware's best-kept secret. This charming, fully occupied community remains one of the most important colonial/Federal villages in America - second only to Williamsburg, Virginia in the number and authenticity of its historic structures. Enjoy greatly preserved history at AMSTEL HOUSEDUTCH HOUSE, the NEW CASTLE COURT HOUSE MUSEUM, and the READ HOUSE & GARDEN.

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY

Hagley is where the du Pont story begins. Set on 235-acres along the Brandywine River, HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY includes the original DuPont Company gunpowder mills & the first DuPont family home in America.

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM

Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century gristmill, the museum is internationally know for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its outstanding collection of American illustration, still life and landscape paintings.

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, illustrations by Wilmington, Delaware native Howard Pyle, and urban landscapes by John Sloan. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and special exhibitions.

DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Encounter dinosaurs, look beneath the seas, experience an African watering hole, come face-to-face with a jaguar, and marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world.

NEMOURS MANSION AND GARDENS

Nemours is the grandest residence ever constructed in Delaware, with a full acre of space under a roof. It is furnished with an eclectic collection of rare furniture and great art. Nemours is also arguably North America's finest formal French garden and includes a centerpiece reflecting pool with 157 jets at the center shooting water 12 feet into the air.

WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN & LIBRARY

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family's life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country's best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world.

View more of Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley's outstanding CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS.