Tours & Ticketing

Rockwood Museum Tours are FREE in December



Tours are free when you visit the museum in beginning November 30 during normal tour hours. Group tours of 10 or more are welcome with a reservation by calling (302) 761-4340.

Museum Tour

Step through the doors to a bygone era. Rockwood houses original furnishings, a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through the 1920s, and a repository of photographs which tell the story of the Shipley, Bringhurst, and Hargraves Families. Costumed museum guides tell the tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors, and servants in a warm and inviting fashion.

Times:
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Prices:
Adult: FREE
Child: FREE

New Castle County residents receive 50% off admission.

Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. (302) 761-4340

PLEASE NOTE: There are no regular tours on December 6 & 7. Please visit us from 5-9 pm on both days for the Holiday Open House at Rockwood.

Holiday Display: Home for the Holidays - Opening November 30!

Elizabeth Bringhurst Galt Smith, the eldest daughter of the Bringhurst family (Bessie to her family), is home for the holidays. Her trunks and travel cases overflow with winter wardrobe and family gifts. Feel the excitement and celebration of the season with the family and their daughter who lives in a castle in Ireland for most of the year. What type of gifts would she have brought? Enjoy the warmth of a family Christmas complete with sparkling decorations, festive clothing, tasty celebrations and more on display.

Rockwood Museum houses original furnishings and a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through 1920s, all of which help tell the story of the Bringhurst family. Costumed museum guides tell tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors and servants in a warm and inviting fashion. Top off your tour with a visit to the Bringhurst Boutique, which is full of festive gifts.

Candlelight Holiday Tours



Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion. Traditional decorations and low lighting create the experience of the lavish comfort afforded this wealthy family of a bygone era. Entertainment is featured all evening. FREE

Friday, December 13 & 14, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 & 21, 5-8 p.m.
Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May
Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May