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.

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  1. Sat Feb. 4

    Watercolor Kids at Rockwood Kids of all experience levels will study form, color and light/shadow through still life and landscape compositions in graphite and watercolor. The lessons will be taught inside or outside the museum depending on the weather and theme. Children will be encouraged to paint fun, themed displays of found objects and interesting locations from multiple angles. Supplies included, Ages 6-12.
  2. Sat Feb. 4

    Haunted-Rockwood Photo Shoots Private costumed photography sessions inside Rockwood’s famously haunted interiors.
  3. Sun Feb. 5

    Free First Sundays at Rockwood Museum Come try out Rockwood Museum’s self-guided tour for the first time or return to see many fun, new changes – on us! This is our chance to give back to the community and open the doors wide open.
  4. Sun Feb. 5

    Kids' Crochet Series at Rockwood Holding the needle & casting on
  5. Tue Feb. 7

    Tuesday AM Flow Yoga During the winter season, Rockwood’s Flow Yoga with instructor Maryann Quinn will take place inside the museum. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation and learn the art of Flow Yoga. Program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. Please bring a mat, towel, water & blocks if you use them. Ages 16-Adults.
  6. Thu Feb. 9

    Watercolor Kids at Rockwood Kids of all experience levels will study form, color and light/shadow through still life and landscape compositions in graphite and watercolor. The lessons will be taught inside or outside the museum depending on the weather and theme. Children will be encouraged to paint fun, themed displays of found objects and interesting locations from multiple angles. Supplies included, Ages 6-12.
  7. Thu Feb. 9

    Thursday PM Yoga Meditation Rockwood is offering a weekday evening yoga practice that emphasizes conscious breathing techniques and gentle movement. During the winter months, Yoga Meditation with instructor Mia Muratori will take place inside the museum. Find space in your day for a healthy presence of mind. The program is offered every Thursday at 5:30 PM. Please bring a mat, towel, water and blocks if you use them. Ages 16-Adults. Use “Art-Reach2022” coupon code at checkout to unlock the membership discount – must provide proof of membership at beginning of the tour.
  8. Sat Feb. 11

    Growing in the Conservatory: The Botanical Collection Join Rockwood staff within one of America’s oldest attached Conservatories to discuss this architectural jewel and the unique origins of the plants collected there. Many of these plants were popularized in America and Europe through global colonization efforts by Western powers. When available, more information will be provided about the 19th century plant specimens originally collected by the Conservatory’s first owner, Joseph Shipley, an amateur botanist. Ages 14+.
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The Carriage House at Rockwood Park

Our indoor space has the flexibility to accommodate a small intimate event or a large gathering. The Carriage House offers a unique setting for any private event including:

  • Weddings
  • Holiday gatherings
  • Family reunions
  • Birthday and anniversary parties
  • Nonprofit events
  • Baby/bridal showers
  • Corporate functions

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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington Street Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19802


  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals

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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.