Volunteer

Volunteers in costume in the Conservatory

Join the Rockwood Museum Volunteer Team!

Tour Guide

Love history? Have a special interest in decorative arts, the Victorian era, architecture, or antiques? You will enjoy guiding visitors back in time to 1895 to explore the Bringhurst family’s turn-of-the-century lifestyle at Rockwood. This rural Gothic home was built in the early 1850’s by Joseph Shipley, a Wilmington native, and purchased by Sarah Shipley Bringhurst, his niece, in 1890. The rooms at Rockwood represent the way the house looked between 1895 and 1901, the early years of the Bringhurst occupancy.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with one-time projects, exhibit set-up, research, gardening, and special events. Corporate, community, and youth groups are welcome!

Volunteering at Rockwood Museum has great benefits!

  • A rare opportunity to work closely with museum objects and to lend a hand in setting up special ongoing exhibits in the museum.
  • Free admission to museum for volunteer and guest.
  • Educational sessions about interpreting the museum and other aspects of the collection and local history.
  • Volunteer discounts on items purchased in the museum gift shop.
  • Field trips provided quarterly to other museums for continuing education and socializing with other Rockwood Museum volunteers.
  • Yearly appreciation dinner for all museum volunteers.

Volunteer schedules are flexible. All guides serve a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month…but typically guides fall in love with Rockwood and choose to serve more often!

There is also one volunteer meeting per month and occasional training sessions.

Museum Hours:

Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday 12 noon – 4 PM.