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. Sat Jan. 29

    The Trail Ends Here! At Rockwood Park Each month, Rockwood partners with the BrandywineHundred Library to foster reading and charge imaginations through TRAIL TALES, putting books in nature. On two Saturdays a month, museum staff and volunteers read this featured book or another popular title and follow it up with a related activity or craft. All materials are included. Rain or shine event. Masks required inside. Ages 5+.
  2. Tue Feb. 1

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Mary Ann Quinn Hendrix. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. Program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. 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
  3. Thu Feb. 3

    Tiny Trails at Rockwood Park Come and enjoy all the different treasures ofRockwood! Tiny Trails 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. Ages 1-5. Masks required inside.
  4. Thu Feb. 3

    Watercolors in the Conservatory at Rockwood This is a rare opportunity to study Rockwood’sbotanical 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. Masks required. Ages 16-Adults
  5. Fri Feb. 4

    Director's Tour: The Arts of Rockwood Join Rockwood's new Director, Ryan Grover, through a highlights tour of Rockwood's fine and decorative art collections. Each generation that lived at Rockwood, from the 1850s through the 20th century, added important arts and antiques to the house spanning the 17th - 20th centuries and originating from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. The tour will end in the conservatory, the best object in the collection, with complimentary drinks.
  6. Tue Feb. 8

    Flow Yoga Outdoor Flow Yoga with instructor Mary Ann Quinn Hendrix. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. Program is offered every Tuesday at 9 am. 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
  7. Thu Feb. 10

    Watercolor Kids: The Arts Inside at Rockwood Kids of all experience levels will come to insideRockwood Museum to study form, color, and light/shadow through still life compositions in graphite and watercolor. 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. Masks required. Ages 6-12
  8. Sat Feb. 12

    The Trail Ends Here! At Rockwood Park Each month, Rockwood partners with the BrandywineHundred Library to foster reading and charge imaginations through TRAIL TALES, putting books in nature. On two Saturdays a month, museum staff and volunteers read this featured book or another popular title and follow it up with a related activity or craft. All materials are included. Rain or shine event. Masks required inside. Ages 5+.
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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

Best of Delaware 2021 RW

Best of Delaware Editor's Pick
Walking Trails

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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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.