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. Tue May 17

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Maryann Quinn. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. The program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. The program will be offered outdoors by the Museum Conservatory, weather permitting, however, this activity will be held rain or shine. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. Ages 16-Adults
  2. Tue May 17

  3. Thu May 19

    Treasure Tots at Rockwood Park Come and enjoy all the different treasures of Rockwood! Treasure Tots is an informal class for toddlers to explore the most popular themes of this unique park and museum. Always changing, this program will celebrate kids’ literature, costume, gardening, animals, architecture, the arts and much more. All materials are included. Rain or Shine event. Best for kids under 5. Masks are suggested inside. (20 limit). Although free, pre-registration is suggested.
  4. Thu May 19

    Rockwood's Watercolors This is a rare opportunity to study Rockwood’s botanical collections for inspiration for your own floral still life painting. A small group of participants of any ability will work directly inside one of America’s oldest attached Conservatories. This greenhouse is heated and is an ideal setting for art instruction. Ages 16-Adults. Masks required
  5. Fri May 20

    Happy-Hour Yoga at Rockwood What could be better than a flow yoga practice followed by a glass of wine? Rockwood’s latest addition to its yoga offerings pairs your favorite pastimes into the beginning of a terrific weekend. Let go of the work-week stress with this double layer of mindfulness and relaxation. Please bring a mat and/or towel, water & blocks if you use them. Ages 21+. Masks required.
  6. Sat May 21

    Watercolor Kids at Rockwood Kids of all experience levels will study form, color, and light/shadow through still life compositions in graphite and watercolor. The lesson will be taught inside or outside the museum depending on the weather. Children will be encouraged to paint fun, themed displays of found objects from multiple angles. Then the kids will discuss artworks from the museum’s permanent collection for examples of these lessons. Ages 6-12.
  7. Sat May 21

    Gothic Fantasy: Rockwood Landscape Architecture Tour Enjoy an ideal garden walk and listen to stories of the planning, design, and construction of Rockwood’s unique Gothic revival mansion and Picturesque landscapes. The tour guide will give information about the biography of Rockwood’s first owner, Joseph Shipley, and the history of British and American architecture at this time to create a context for this preserved rural oasis. Highlights will include one of the oldest attached conservatories in America, Rockwood’s Heritage Garden of 19th-century trees, and one of the best-preserved ha-ha walls outside of Great Britain. This tour pairs very well with the Guided Museum Tour of the interiors. Ages 14+. Social distancing is recommended. Folding chairs are recommended.
  8. Sat May 21

    Rockwood Kids and Family May Day Yoga Rockwood Park & Museum is beginning yoga sessions for children and families with the popular instructor Maryann Quinn. These monthly, themed and super-fun yoga practices will encourage kids to be more present, centered and active. Kids can practice with a guardian present or the entire family can practice together. Locations within Rockwood structures may vary. Please bring a mat, towel, water & blocks if you use them. All Ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.
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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

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

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

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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.