Rockwood Park & Museum

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.

Hours of Operation

Category Operating Hours
Museum Tours
W-S: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sun.: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Park & Garden
daily from dawn until dusk
Museum Closed December 25, January 1

Museum Admission

Museum admission is free the first Sunday of every month. Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. 302-761-4340
Category Cost
General Admission $10 / $5 for NCC Residents
Children Ages 7 - 12
$4 / $2 for NCC Residents
Children Ages 6 and under Free
Active Military and Veterans Free
  1. Sun Feb. 9

    Tea and Valentines at Rockwood Museum The Victorians loved Tea and Valentines. We have both, plus tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. Feel free to dress the part! A tour of Rockwood Museum is included in the activity fee. Registration Required. Ages 14-Adults.
  2. Sat Feb. 15

    Paranormal Experience at Rockwood Mansion - SOLD OUT An exploration of paranormal activity and in-depth study using advanced equipment. Tour is often accompanied by a psychic or medium. Visit the attic and basement of the mansion. Must be able to traverse many stairs. Registration required Ages 14-Adults
  3. Sun Feb. 16

    Rockwood... Behind the Scenes: Victorian Photography Visit the museum for an up-close and personal look at items from our museum archives. This month learn about the different kinds of photography the Victorians had available to them. As a bonus, view Edward Bringhurst's pictures and the cameras he used. White gloves provided. Registration required. Ages 14+. RPPS members should call Rockwood for membership discount, 302-761-4340.
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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.
  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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