New visitor centre to receive guests and introduce them to the Nemours story
A visitor centre has been built to commemorate Alfred I. duPont, the financier, industrialist and philanthropist, at the site of his former home and the A. I. duPont hospital for children in Willmington, Delaware.
The Nemours Mansion and Gardens host between 12 000 - 15 000 guests on an annual basis and all of these visitors receive a highly personalised tour. While the Nemours Foundation did not wish to significantly increase the number of visitors, but to vastly improve the visitor experience. Prior to the construction of the new Visitor Center, guests arrived in the parking lot of the Nemours Hospital, purchased tickets at a bus shelter, boarded a jitney and were taken to the mansion via the back (service) entrance.
The new visitor centre was built to provide visitor reception, toilets, ticketing, and a film room to put the Nemours story and exhibits into context. All of this was to be accommodated within a modest 5,000 gross sq ft building. The visitor centre includes a welcome and ticket area, toilets, space for the exhibit, and a film theatre.