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.

Rockwood Park & Museum is committed to our community and we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are suspending all museum tours and closing the Bringhurst Boutique until further notice.  

Rockwood Park will remain open so you may come and enjoy the fresh air. 

We invite you to take a virtual tour of Rockwood using our audio tour from home, or as you stroll through the park using the  izi.Travel app available in the Apple and Google stores.

  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington St. Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Mailing Address
    610 Shipley Road
    Wilmington, DE 19809

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

    Mansion, Garden, and Conservatory Rentals
    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  1. Wed Aug. 5

    Power of Nature at Rockwood Park The Power of Nature comes to life in beautiful Rockwood Park! Program is designed to offer a weekly 60 minute session where participants would take part in a variety of nature themed activities. Ages 6-12 year old. Max attendance 10. Face masks required. Social distancing. Participants are required to provide their own chairs or blanket to create space for social distancing. A supply list will be emailed to participants. Supplies may include scissors, pencils, clipboard, glue stick, glue, markers and/or crayons. Online registration and payment required. Wednesday, July 22, 9-10:00 am. $2.00 per person. 1 hour session. Parents must remain on site during the program but are not required to participate in the program with their child.
  2. Wed Aug. 5

    Power of Nature at Rockwood Park The Power of Nature comes to life in beautiful Rockwood Park! Program is designed to offer a weekly 60 minute session where participants would take part in a variety of nature themed activities. Ages 6-12 year old. Max attendance 10. Face masks required. Social distancing. Participants are required to provide their own chairs or blanket to create space for social distancing. A supply list will be emailed to participants. Supplies may include scissors, pencils, clipboard, glue stick, glue, markers and/or crayons. Online registration and payment required. Wednesday, July 22, 9-10:00 am. $2.00 per person. 1 hour session. Parents must remain on site during the program but are not required to participate in the program with their child.
  3. Wed Aug. 5

    Family Garden Strolls Enjoy the beauty of the Rockwood Museum with a family garden stroll. Learn historical facts about the gardens, the designs, and creators. Garden tours will be held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. Maximum of 10 people per tour. Please visit Rockwood.org to view a short video about the history of Rockwood. Social distancing will be in practice during the tour. Face masks required. Fee: 3.00 in the county; 6.00 out of the county.
  4. Sat Aug. 8

    A Gentleman's House and Garden History lovers will enjoy a garden walk as your guide shares the story behind the building of Rockwood mansion and gardens. Topics covered will include architecture of the Mansion, Joseph Shipley's family history, and the garden's unique design. Please bring a folding/camp chair as we will be sitting at times. Face masks required along with social distancing. Maximum 10 people. Tickets $3 per person. Adults
  5. Sun Aug. 9

    Apothecary Garden Tours Learn about an apothecary garden (also known as a physic's garden) where healing herbs and plants are grown and the healing benefits of such herbs. and plants. Garden tours will be held Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (approximately 1 hour). Maximum of 10 people per tour. Please visit Rockwood.org to view a short video about the history of Rockwood. Social distancing will be in practice during the tour. Masks are required. Fee: 3.00 in the county; 6.00 out of the county. Call Rockwood at 302-761-4340 for questions
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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.
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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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