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.

Delaware Shakespeare Returns to Rockwood

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We missed you in 2020! This year, we’ve crafted a summer season of three exciting events as we get back into the groove at Rockwood Park. Come picnic in the park while enjoying programs that allow for social distancing among performers and audience members alike. We’re thrilled to “triple your Bard” this year…before the return of our mainstage Summer Festival production in 2022. 

Pay-What-You-Decide Tickets  Done 
$10 • $20 • $30
Discounts available for 2-event or 3-event purchases

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Program Calendar

  1. Fri Aug. 6

    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. Fri Aug. 6

    Evening Candlelight Tour of Rockwood Mansion Be our guests and experience the elegance of an evening at Rockwood Mansion as it would have been during the Shipley and Bringhurst eras. Your guide, dressed in period costume, will take you through 20 rooms in the mansion, telling you the story of those who once lived and entertained at Rockwood along the way. You will be assigned the name of an actual guest who attended an elegant evening at Rockwood.
  3. Sat Aug. 7

    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
  4. Tue Aug. 10

    Children's Nature Sculpture at Rockwood Park Program will allow participants to create a 3D outdoor environment that is an interesting sculpture using natural materials found in the Park. Family or individual project for ages 6 and up. Participants will gather natural materials such as pine cones, rocks, sticks, and any other movable finds, which will be placed in an interesting pattern. Participants can bring these materials with them to the class or take time before class to gather materials at Rockwood. Meet your instructor, Donna Downs, in the courtyard of the Visitor's Entrance to the museum. In the event of rain, program will be held in the covered patio area of the Museum. Please remember the following: 1. No plants should be pulled up. 2. Every items should be place back in the natural environment. 3. Participants may bring a miniature play figure to add to the sculpture. Call 302-395-2849 for information or assistance with registration.
  5. Wed Aug. 11

    Rockwood’s Apothecary Garden Tours The plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden are native plants that have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes. Tour the Garden and discover the connection between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
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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
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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.