Rockwood Park & Museum

Rockwood Museum is reopening for house tours May 1!

Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Masks are required during the tour.

Fridays and Saturdays with tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Space is limited.

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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. Tue Apr. 20

    Outdoor Nature Colors at Rockwood Park Participants will choose a color swatch (provided) that matches something found in nature (e.g., sky, grass, plants, etc.). Participants will draw and color an item they see in the Park that matches their swatch and write a poem or words that go with their theme. Objective is to combine color, art, nature and writing. Instructor: Donna L. Downs, Former Art Teacher Meet your instructor, Donna Downs, in the courtyard of the Visitor's Entrance to the museum. In the event of rain, program will be held in the covered patio area of the Museum. Social distancing and face masks required. Pre-registration required. Brief COVID form and temperature checks will be done prior to the start of class. AGE: 6 AND UP
  2. Wed Apr. 21

    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. Wed Apr. 21

    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.
  4. Sat Apr. 24

    A Gentleman’s House and Garden Tour at Rockwood History lovers will enjoy a garden walk as your guide shares the story behind the building of Rockwood Mansion and Gardens. Topics covered include architecture of the mansion, the history of Joseph Shipley's family, and the garden's unique design. Please visit Rockwood.org to view a short video about the history of Rockwood. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
  5. Sat Apr. 24

    Rockwood’s Poetry at the Mansion Celebrate National Poetry Month at Rockwood Museum! To celebrate, David P. Kozinski will read and discuss poems that touch on springtime, including some by recent U.S. Poets Laureate along with some of his own poetry. An open mic will follow so bring a favorite poem, or two short stories, to read aloud. Outdoor program to be held on the Veranda area of the Museum. In the event of rain, we will use the covered patio area of the Museum. Face masks required, along with social distancing, temperature checks and a brief Covid form. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair.
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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington Street Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19802

    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.