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


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. Thu May 2

    Terrariums Make a place for plants to thrive. Additional $5 materials fee due at class. Registration requested. All ages
  2. Sat May 4

    Dog-Gone Fun Day! Bring your pup out for this joint event with Bellevue State Park. Enjoy doggie treats and demonstrations at Bellevue, then hike the Greenway to Rockwood or drive over for more doggie fun! Meet at the Hunter Barn at Bellevue Park to walk or meet us at Rockwood’s lower parking lot. All dogs must be on a leash. All ages
  3. Sun May 5

    History, Now and Then History comes alive with historians, dignitaries and stories about historic places in New Castle County. Registration required. Ages 12-Adults
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  1. Philip Nord

    Park & Museum Director
    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  3. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals
    Phone: (302) 761-4340


National Register of Historic Places, Rockwood, New Castle County, Delaware, National Register #76000579.