Sights & Activities
Choose from many attractions, sights and activities near the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.
Set in the historic Brandywine Valley, the Hotel du Pont is close to popular attractions including Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Garden and Library. The Delaware Art Museum, spectacular Longwood Gardens and Conservatories and Hagley Museum are also convenient to the Hotel du Pont.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Explore and enjoy the country estate of Henry Francis du Pont. Tour the museum of magnificent American antiques showcasing the best in style and craftsmanship. The Galleries offer permanent and changing exhibitions. Stroll in the 60-acre garden and delight in the children’s Enchanted Woods. Shopping, dining and special events are also features of this historic Brandywine Valley estate. Call for admission fees.
Hagley Museum and Library
The Hagley Museum Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. View early American Industry with restored mills, a worker’s community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.
Longwood Gardens, sometimes referred to as the Du Pont Gardens, was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont. Attracting nearly one million visitors annually, Longwood Gardens features 1050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens, and 20 indoor gardens with 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses.
Discover 11,000 different types of plants, spectacular fountains, and extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships. Open every day of the year, Longwood Gardens offers 800 horticultural and performing art events each year, including flower shows, gardening demonstrations and courses, children’s programs, concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre and fireworks displays.
Delaware Art Museum
The distinguished collections of the Delaware Art Museum are comprised of 12,000 works of art and focus on American Art of the 19th through the 21st centuries and English Pre-Raphaelite art of the mid-19th century.
Its outstanding overview of the evolution of American art includes a pivotal collection of works from the "Golden Age" of American illustration and the country's largest collection of the work of John Sloan. The Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft collection is the premier public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art outside the United Kingdom.
The Brandywine River Museum
Housed in a restored 19th century Gristmill, the museum showcases an extensive collection of Wyeth family art, plus American illustrations, still life and landscape painting. Adults, $8; Seniors, Students & Children 6-12, $5; Children under 6 and Members FREE.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Opulent 102-room Louis XVI-style chateau built 1909-10 as the home of Alfred I. du Pont. 36 rooms are featured on the tour, featuring fine antique furniture, rugs, tapestries, paintings, and china. Nemours is home to the largest formal garden in North America, with 300 acres filled with fountains and sculpture, and antiquities including gates once owned by Catherine the Great and Henry VIII. One fo the grandest "Grand Homes" of America.
Rockwood Mansion Park
Rural Gothic mansion built 1851 by Joseph Shipley. 12 Rooms are open to the public of this gothic country house, set within 72 acres of serene parkland with six acres of formal landscape in the gardenesque style, and 2.6 miles of paved hiking trails.