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

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.
  1. Wed Aug. 28

    Dog Days of Summer - Museum Tours are Free on Wednesdays through August
    Cool off at Rockwood during the hot summer days with a free museum tour! Enjoy light refreshments and play Victorian games in the parlor. Dogs are welcome only in the west wing of the mansion with an adult. All ages
  2. Sun Sep. 1

    First Sundays Free
    On the first Sunday of every month, Rockwood offers free admission for the mansion tours, on the hour starting at 12 p.m. Bring your family to tour our lovely Victorian mansion and gain an appreciation of our local history.
  3. Fri Sep. 27

    Murder and Mayhem at the Museum (A Live-Action Murder Mystery Game)
    Description: Play a live game of Clue. Search through Rockwood Mansion and track down the clues to find the killer and the weapon. Dress the part and win a prize for the best costume. Registration Required. 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 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
Rockwood Park Preservation Society Logo