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.

Delaware Shakespeare Returns to Rockwood

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We missed you in 2020! This year, we’ve crafted a summer season of three exciting events as we get back into the groove at Rockwood Park. Come picnic in the park while enjoying programs that allow for social distancing among performers and audience members alike. We’re thrilled to “triple your Bard” this year…before the return of our mainstage Summer Festival production in 2022. 

Pay-What-You-Decide Tickets  Done 
$10 • $20 • $30
Discounts available for 2-event or 3-event purchases

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Program Calendar

  1. Tue Jul. 27

    Rockwood Flow Yoga Outdoor exercise with instructor Mary Ann Quinn Hendrix. Come for an hour of fun and relaxation at Rockwood Park and learn the art of Flow Yoga. Program is offered every Tuesday beginning May 4. Please bring a mat, blocks, towel, water. All COVID protocols will be in place to include social distancing, face masks (during class), temperature checks, and a brief COVID form will be required. ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED ONGOING PROGRAM - TUESDAYS, 9 A.M. FEE: 6.00 IN COUNTY; 9.00 OUT OF COUNTY AGE: ADULTS 16 AND UP REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  2. Tue Jul. 27

    Rockwood Watercolors (Adults) Participants will choose a scene from the beautiful grounds of Rockwood or an object that is chosen by the instructor and learn the technique of watercolor painting. Objective is to combine color, art and nature. No experience required. Program is for adults 16 and up. Please bring water, a chair or blanket to use during the program. Comfortable walking shoes are required. For GPS directions, please use 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE 19802. Call 302-395-2849 for information or assistance with registration. Instructor: Donna L. Downs, Former Art Teacher Meet your instructor, Donna Downs, in the courtyard of the Visitor's Entrance to the museum. In the event of rain, program may be held in the covered patio area of the Museum.
  3. Wed Jul. 28

    Rockwood’s Apothecary Garden Tours The plants growing in Rockwood's Apothecary Garden are native plants that have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes. Tour the Garden and discover the connection between healing plants and the inhabitants of Rockwood Mansion. Please meet your tour guide in the courtyard. Online registration required. Participants are asked to bring a folding chair.
  4. Thu Jul. 29

    Delaware Shakespeare: Rosalind X 3 at Rockwood Park The iconic lead character from As You Like It is explored through three different cultural lenses by three actor/director pairings. Part performance, part artist discussion, this unique program brings three times the joy to Shakespeare’s largest female role. We missed you in 2020! This year, we’ve crafted a summer season of three exciting events as we get back into the groove at Rockwood Park. Come picnic in the park while enjoying programs that allow for social distancing among performers and audience members alike. We’re thrilled to “triple your Bard” this year…before the return of our mainstage Summer Festival production in 2022. All performances will last between 60-75 minutes. CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS (which are subject to change). Pay-What-You-Decide Tickets $10 • $20 • $30 Discounts available for 2-event or 3-event purchases
  5. Fri Jul. 30

    Rockwood House Tours Take a tour of the mansion rooms to see how the Bringhurst family and their staff lived at Rockwood at the turn of the twentieth century. Masks required for the duration of the tour. Reservations required. Space is limited. Tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Get your tickets now
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  1. Rockwood Park & Museum

    Physical Address
    4651 Washington Street Extension
    Wilmington, DE 19802

    Phone: (302) 761-4340

  2. Facility Rentals

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

Best of Delaware 2021 RW

Best of Delaware Editor's Pick
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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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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.