Rockwood Park & Museum

Rockwood Park & Museum is committed to our community and we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Museum tours and the Bringhurst Boutique are closed.  

Outdoor tours and programs will require attendees to do a health screening to participate. All attendees are required to observe social distancing and wear masks during all tours and activities. 

If you can't come out to join us, we invite you to take a virtual tour of Rockwood using our audio tour from home, or as you stroll through the park using the  izi.Travel app available in the Apple and Google stores.

Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker, built Rockwood between 1851 and 1854. Its Gothic Revival architecture and enchanting landscape were designed to reflect the beauty of an English country estate.

The museum reflects the way the Bringhurst family, descendants of Shipley, lived during the turn of the 20th century.

  1. Wed Apr. 14

    Rockwood’s Apothecary Garden Tours The plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden are native plants that have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes. Tour the Garden and discover the connection between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
  2. Wed Apr. 14

    Rockwood’s Apothecary Garden Tours The plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden are native plants that have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes. Tour the Garden and discover the connection between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
  3. Sat Apr. 17

    Rockwood Park Line Dancing Outdoor exercise with instructor Joanne Brady. Dance to a wide variety of music. No partner needed for this hour of outdoor fun and exercise. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes. Registration required. Social distancing, face masks, temperature checks, and a brief COVID Form required.
  4. Sat Apr. 17

    Rockwood Paranormal Walking Tours - SOLD OUT Embark on an exciting new outdoor paranormal investigation of Rockwood Park. This is a rare opportunity to find out what paranormal activity may be going on outside the walls of the famously haunted mansion. Investigators get an opportunity to help in the search using sophisticated paranormal equipment. The tour meets at the mansion courtyard (museum Visitor's Entrance). Attendees must be able to traverse walks, hills, and occasional uneven surfaces of the park. This is an outdoor walking tour; no interiors of buildings are explored. Weather permitting. Please wear appropriate shoes; surfaces include grass, gravel, bricks, and paved areas. Tour begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Ages 14-Adults
  5. Sun Apr. 18

    Rockwood's Historic Structures Walking Tour Take a rare walk back in time to learn how the existing and lost structures of Rockwood completed a working estate. Your guide will be dressed in vintage clothing and will use vintage photographs to provide you with the history of Rockwood as you walk from structure to structure. Tour is approximately 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile to include surfaces of grass, gravel and paved areas. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to traverse locations of the tour are recommended. Face masks required, social distancing, temperature checks, and a brief COVID evaluation form. Ages 14+
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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals
    Phone: (302) 761-4340

National Register of Historic Places logo

National Register of Historic Places, Rockwood, New Castle County, Delaware, National Register #76000579.

Rockwood Park is a Certified Wildlife Habitat Certified by the National Wildlife Federation
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Accessibility

Although the west wing of the mansion is wheelchair accessible including accessible restrooms, please note that only a limited portion of the museum is wheelchair accessible. The main museum rooms are only accessible by stairs.