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
  1. Fri Dec. 14

    Candlelight Tours Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion. Traditional decorations and low lighting creates the experience of the lavish comfort afforded this wealthy family of a bygone era. This is a free event, but donations of non-perishable foods are collected for local food closets.
  2. Sat Dec. 15

    Candlelight Tours Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion. Traditional decorations and low lighting creates the experience of the lavish comfort afforded this wealthy family of a bygone era. This is a free event, but donations of non-perishable foods are collected for local food closets.
  3. Tue Jan. 1

    2019 New Year's Day Hike at Rockwood Park Bring the whole family to enjoy a 1 ½ mile easy to moderate hike along paved paths and wooded trails surrounding the beautiful Victorian mansion. Dress in layers and wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the entrance to the Rockwood Museum.
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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

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.