Sights & Activities

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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, Garden & Library. The Delaware Art Museum, spectacular Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum are also convenient to the Hotel du Pont.


Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Explore and enjoy the country estate of Henry Francis du Pont. The museum offers the world's premier collection of American decorative arts from between 1640 and 1840. 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.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE  19735
302-888-4600
www.winterthur.org

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Discover an outstanding collection of American art housed in a nineteenth-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River.  Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions:
Lure of the Brandywine:  A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration - through August 10
Exalted Nature:  The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield - August 23 through November 16
Jamie Wyeth - January 17 through April 5, 2015
Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights - November 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Horace Pippin: The Way I See It - April 18 through July 26, 2015

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
610-388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

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.

Hagley Museum and Library
Route 52 & 141
Wilmington, DE  19807
302-658-2400
www.hagley.org

Longwood Gardens

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.

Longwood Gardens
Route 1
Kennett Square, PA  19348
610-388-1000
www.longwoodgardens.org

Delaware Children's Museum

The Delaware Children's Museum opens new worlds for our kids - the worlds of science, math, and technology.  Worlds of wonders for them to explore.

Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justinson Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
302-654-2340
www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org

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.

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
302-571-9590
www.delart.org

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.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens
850 Alapocas Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
302-651-6912
www.nemoursmansion.org

Rockwood Museum

Rockwood Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an excellent example of Rural Gothic architecture. Built from 1851-1857 for Joseph Shipley, the mansion was situated within 300 acres of woods. Today, 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.

Rockwood Museum
610 Shipley Road
Wilmington, DE  19809
302-761-4340
www.rockwood.org

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 life-sized dinosaurs, look beneath the seas, experience an African watering hole, come face-to-face with a jaguar, marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world...These and many other discoveries await you at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!  

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
302-658-9111
www.delmnh.org

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

The DCCA, founded in 1979, presents over 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society.

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
302-656-6466
www.thedcca.org

11th & Market Streets, Wilmington Delaware 19801 800-441-9019 | T. 302-594 3100