Tours & Ticketing

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Rockwood Museum Tours

Guided Tours

Explore the grandeur, history and beauty of the Rockwood Mansion, home of the Shipley, Bringhurst and Hargraves families for 120 years. This tour emphasizes the magnificent mansion interiors and the family’s multi-generational art collection. Tickets are suggested. Tour involves stairs. This tour matches well with the Gentlemen’s House and Garden and Historic Structures tours on available days. This is a 90-minute guided tour.  $10, $5 for NCC residents. All Ages

Fridays and Saturdays
Tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.


Self-Guided Tours *NEW*

We have heard the call and proud to offer a new self-guided alternative to enjoy Rockwood your own way. This tour is open to the first floor of the museum, but don’t worry, staff will be nearby to answer any questions! Reservations suggested but walk-ins are welcome. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. $10, $5 NCC residents. Masks required. 

Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays, 12-4 p.m.


Heritage Garden Self-Guided Tours *NEW*

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 and can be explored with your smartphone at your own pace. Stop in the museum office during open hours to pick up your complimentary map of the six-acre Heritage Garden surrounding this historic villa. All ages. Always FREE

Stop in to get your Heritage Garden Map
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays, 12-4 p.m.

Free First Sundays

Self-Guided tours on these special Sundays are free and open to the public! All Ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  Masks required. 

The first Sunday of each month

Rockwood Featured Exhibit: Coming Home

Featured Exhibit Opening November 26, 2021

On display November 26, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Coming Home

This exhibition recounts five tales of adventurous travel that brought Rockwood's families back home again told through the worldly treasures they collected for over 100 years. Nestled within Rockwood Park's and Museum's enchanting Holiday decorations, Coming Home will be featured in the museum's guided and self-guided tours. 

  1. Thu Jan. 20

    Rockwood's Watercolors in the Museum Participants of all backgrounds and abilities will work in graphite and watercolor inside RockwoodMuseum’s famed interior galleries to draw inspiration from the important architectural features, vibrant decorations, and unforgettable art collections to compose their own artful compositions. No experience is required. Masks required. Ages 16-Adults
  2. Fri Jan. 21

    Touring Rockwood's Botanical Collection Join Rockwood staff within one of America’s oldest attached conservatories to discuss the characteristics and unique origins of the plants collected there. Many of these plants were popularized in America and Europe through global colonization efforts by Western powers. When available, more information will be provided about the 19th-century plant specimens originally collected by the Conservatory’s first owner, JosephShipley, an amateur botanist. Masks required. Ages 16-Adults
  3. Fri Jan. 21

    Candlelight Tour at Rockwood Museum At night, Rockwood changes from the garden pleasure villa of the day into a romantic stage for glimmering surfaces and sumptuous textures. Despite the modern conveniences with which the mansion was built, including bright gas-powered lighting, the families that lived there often preferred the soft drama of candlelight. This tour allows visitors to experience the museum's interiors in the way they were intended. All ages. Masks required.
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