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.
Garden Tours April 5, April 19, May 3, May 31
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
Garden Tours $3
Children Ages 7 - 12
$4 / $2 for NCC Residents
Children Ages 6 and under Free
Active Military and Veterans Free
  1. Fri Mar. 13

    Murder and Mayhem at the Rockwood Museum Search through Rockwood Mansion and track down the clues to find the killer and the weapon. Dress the part and win a prize for the best costume. Registration Required. Adults.
  2. Sat Mar. 14

    Murder and Mayhem at the Rockwood Museum Search through Rockwood Mansion and track down the clues to find the killer and the weapon. Dress the part and win a prize for the best costume. Registration Required. Adults.
  3. Sun Mar. 15

    Home Tweet Home Learn about the interesting behavior of nesting birds. How do birds choose a location for their next? What materials do they use and why? What is the process of rearing young and launching the next generation into flight? Ages 12-Adults
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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
Rockwood Park Preservation Society Logo