Museum & Garden Tours

Featured Exhibition: Brittle Beauty: Preservation at Rockwood

2022 special exhibit brittle beauty eblast

Nearing Rockwood’s 50th anniversary under the stewardship of New Castle County, we celebrate the preservation efforts that have saved this uncommon estate from destruction. A new rotating exhibition will feature a collection of objects, landscapes, architecture, and botanical specimens in various states of conservation. In addition to past accomplishments, the exhibition also charts its future through participation with the Rockwood Park Preservation Society (RPPS), the museum’s membership of support. The price includes a self-guided tour of the mansion’s first floor. Included with any tour.

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302-761-4340 or carole.mckinney@newcastlede.gov

FREE First Sundays

Come try out Rockwood Museum’s self-guided tour for the first time or return to see many fun, new changes – on us! This is our chance to give back to the community and open the doors wide open.

Self-Guided Tours

We have heard the call and are proud to offer a new self-guided alternative to enjoy Rockwood your own way. This tour is open to the museum's first floor, but don’t worry, the staff will be nearby to answer any questions! Reservations are suggested but walk-ins are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 14.

Thursday - Saturday | 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday | 12 - 4 pm 

Admission Fees:
$10
$8 New Caste County Resident
$2 Art-Reach Member
FREE for RPPS Member 

BUY TICKETS ONLINE


Please use the “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock the membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour. 

Guided Museum Tours

Friday | 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm
Saturday | 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm 

Admission Fees:
$10
$8 New Caste County Resident
$2 Art-Reach Member
FREE for RPPS Member 

BUY TICKETS ONLINE


Please use the “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock the membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour. 

Heritage Garden Self-guided tour

Stop in the museum office during open hours (Mon-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm & Sun 12 – 4 pm) to pick up your complimentary map of the six-acre Heritage Garden surrounding this historic villa. Many of the garden’s most memorable trees and shrubs were collected by Joseph Shipley and members of the Bringhurst family between 1851 and around 1920. QR-coded labels at the base of these plants offer additional information. Always FREE

  1. 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. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  2. Sat May 21

    Apothecary Garden Walking Tour at Rockwood The native plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes by people of European and Native American descent. Tour the Garden and discover the surprising connections between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Take a few minutes to reflect on the water fountain within this multi-sensory site. Ages 14+. Folding chairs are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  3. Sun Jun. 5

    Below the Stairs and in the Attics: The Rockwood Servant's Tour Rockwood’s staff and volunteers are proud to launch a new tour of Rockwood but from the perspective of the servants who lived and worked on the estate from the 1850s through the 20th century. This tour will reinterpret the popular locations inside Rockwood Museum while introducing visitors to areas of the house they’ve never seen before. The tour involves stairs. All ages.
  4. Thu Jun. 16

    The Bachelor Collectors: The Arts of Rockwood Join Rockwood’s Director, Ryan Grover, through a highlights tour of the museum’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, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Two especially important figures in this collection include Joseph Shipley and his great-nephew Edward Bringhurst V – instead of marrying they both committed themselves to their aesthetic and cultural interests becoming early art collectors within the region. The tour will end in the conservatory, the best object in the collection, with complimentary drinks.
  5. Sat Jun. 18

    Apothecary Garden Walking Tour at Rockwood The native plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes by people of European and Native American descent. Tour the Garden and discover the surprising connections between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Take a few minutes to reflect on the water fountain within this multi-sensory site. Ages 14+. Folding chairs are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  6. Sun Jul. 10

    Below the Stairs and in the Attics: The Rockwood Servant's Tour Rockwood’s staff and volunteers are proud to launch a new tour of Rockwood but from the perspective of the servants who lived and worked on the estate from the 1850s through the 20th century. This tour will reinterpret the popular locations inside Rockwood Museum while introducing visitors to areas of the house they’ve never seen before. The tour involves stairs. All ages.
  7. Fri Jul. 15

    The Bachelor Collectors: The Arts of Rockwood Join Rockwood’s Director, Ryan Grover, through a highlights tour of the museum’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, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Two especially important figures in this collection include Joseph Shipley and his great-nephew Edward Bringhurst V – instead of marrying they both committed themselves to their aesthetic and cultural interests becoming early art collectors within the region. The tour will end in the conservatory, the best object in the collection, with complimentary drinks.
  8. Sat Jul. 16

    Apothecary Garden Walking Tour at Rockwood The native plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes by people of European and Native American descent. Tour the Garden and discover the surprising connections between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Take a few minutes to reflect on the water fountain within this multi-sensory site. Ages 14+. Folding chairs are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  9. Sat Aug. 13

    Apothecary Garden Walking Tour at Rockwood The native plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes by people of European and Native American descent. Tour the Garden and discover the surprising connections between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Take a few minutes to reflect on the water fountain within this multi-sensory site. Ages 14+. Folding chairs are recommended. Use “Art-Reach2022” and “RPPS2022” coupon codes at check out to unlock membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the tour.
  10. Sat Aug. 13

    The Bachelor Collectors: The Arts of Rockwood Join Rockwood’s Director, Ryan Grover, through a highlights tour of the museum’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, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Two especially important figures in this collection include Joseph Shipley and his great-nephew Edward Bringhurst V – instead of marrying they both committed themselves to their aesthetic and cultural interests becoming early art collectors within the region. The tour will end in the conservatory, the best object in the collection, with complimentary drinks.
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