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.,
4 p.m.
Sun.: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4 p.m.
Park & Garden
daily from dawn until dusk
Museum Closed November 8, November 11, November 24,
November 25, December 23-25.

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 New Castle County Residents
Children Ages 7 - 12
$4 / $2 for New Castle Residents
Children Ages 6 and under Free
Active Military and Veterans Free

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. Sat Nov. 16

    Make a Deco Mesh Wreath at Rockwood Create a deco mesh wreath to use in your home or give as a gift. Ages 14+
  2. Sun Nov. 17

    America's Anchor (History Now and Then) Learn about the book America’s Anchor: A Naval History of the Delaware River and Bay, Cradle of the US Navy and meet the author, Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr. Ages 14+
  3. Fri Dec. 6

    Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum Bring your family out for Holiday Open House with exceptional entertainment, fun festive crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, food trucks and FREE photos with Santa! The event also includes our Holiday Shoppe selling gifts for the whole family, wonderful performances by dance, music, and choral groups, tours of the holiday display in the museum, and a joyous light display in the gardens surrounding the Mansion and Carriage House. All ages. FREE Free parking and shuttle from Rockwood Office Park, 500 Carr Road in North Wilmington. This event is free but we are collecting non-perishable food and warm hats, gloves, and scarves for the less fortunate this holiday season.
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  1. Philip Nord

    Park & Museum Director

  2. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809


  3. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals

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
Rockwood Park Preservation Society Logo