Rockwood Park & Museum

Rockwood Museum is reopening for house tours

Purchase tickets in advance online. Masks are required during the tour.

Fridays and Saturdays with tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Space is limited.

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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.

  1. Sat Jun. 19

    Rockwood House Tours Take a tour of the mansion rooms to see how the Bringhurst family and their staff lived at Rockwood at the turn of the twentieth century. Masks required for the duration of the tour. Reservations required. Space is limited. Tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Get your tickets now
  2. Sat Jun. 19

    A Gentleman’s House and Garden Tour at Rockwood History lovers will enjoy a garden walk as your guide shares the story behind the building of Rockwood Mansion and Gardens. Topics covered include architecture of the mansion, the history of Joseph Shipley's family, and the garden's unique design. Please visit to view a short video about the history of Rockwood. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
  3. Sat Jun. 19

    Rockwood's Poetry in the Garden Local poet, David P. Kozinski, presents “Poems of Place." Whether it’s a rural junkyard, a city street, or a riverbank, the setting of a poem can focus the emotional scope and expand the meaning of a poem. David P. Kozinski will read and discuss poems by James Dickey, Yolanda Wisher and others in which the setting becomes a character in a mini-drama, along with some poems of his own in which place plays a key role. Bring a poem or two to share in the ‘open mic’ that will follow the reading. Outdoor program to be held on the Veranda area of the Museum. In the event of rain, we will use the covered patio area of the Museum. Registration required. Participants are required observe all posted and state safety protocols. $10, $5 for NCC residents. Ages 14 - Adults
  4. Sat Jun. 19

    Rockwood Paranormal Walking Tours Embark on an exciting new outdoor paranormal investigation of Rockwood Park. This is a rare opportunity to find out what paranormal activity may be going on outside the walls of the famously haunted mansion. Investigators get an opportunity to help in the search using sophisticated paranormal equipment. The tour meets at the mansion courtyard (museum Visitor's Entrance). Attendees must be able to traverse walks, hills, and occasional uneven surfaces of the park. This is an outdoor walking tour; no interiors of buildings are explored. Weather permitting. Please wear appropriate shoes; surfaces include grass, gravel, bricks, and paved areas. Tour begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Maximum of 10 participants. Face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and a brief COVID form required. Registration required. Ages 14-Adults
  5. Sun Jun. 20

    Rockwood's Historic Structures Walking Tour Take a rare walk back in time to learn how the existing and lost structures of Rockwood completed a working estate. Your guide will be dressed in vintage clothing and will use vintage photographs to provide you with the history of Rockwood as you walk from structure to structure. Tour is approximately 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile to include surfaces of grass, gravel and paved areas. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to traverse locations of the tour are recommended. Face masks required, social distancing, temperature checks, and a brief COVID evaluation form. Ages 14+
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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

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
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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.