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 FREE in December
Children Ages 7 - 12
FREE in December
Children Ages 6 and under Free
Active Military and Veterans Free
  1. Fri Dec. 20

    Holiday Candlelight Tours at Rockwood Museum Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion and view the museum’s holiday display, “Home for the Holidays.”
  2. Sat Dec. 21

    Holiday Candlelight Tours at Rockwood Museum Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion and view the museum’s holiday display, “Home for the Holidays.”
  3. Wed Jan. 1

    New Year's Day Hike ar Rockwood Park Hike along paved paths and wooded trails surrounding the beautiful Victorian mansion. Dress in layers, wear appropriate foot wear and bring your water bottle. Meet at the entrance to Rockwood Museum.
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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


  2. 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