Rockwood Park & Museum

From its Washington Street Extension entrance, Rockwood is a picturesque 74-acre public park just two miles from Wilmington, Delaware’s city center. Features include a picnic grove, festival grounds, urban wildlife habitat, pet-friendly parkland, and some of Delaware’s best walking paths - linking to the Northern Delaware Greenway.

Pass the entrance gates and the park transforms into one of the area’s oldest and grandest country estates. This collection of historic farmlands, now a forested retreat, is crowned with a six-acre fantasy garden and one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Conceived and built by Joseph Shipley in the 1850s, Rockwood Park & Museum was designed to reflect his love of exotic horticulture, fine arts and antiques, fashionable architecture, and English gardens and has changed very little in 170 years.

Today, the museum and heritage garden reveal highlights of Rockwood’s storied past through guided and self-guided tours of its glamorous owners, historic house design, multi-generational art collections from around the globe, diverse workforce, botanical collections, and even its paranormal activity! In addition, Rockwood offers signature festivals as well as wellness, family, fine art, nature, and performing art programs year-round. The Carriage House at Rockwood Park now hosts one of the area’s premier private event venues.

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Rockwood Park & Museum
4651 Washington St. Extension
Wilmington, DE 19805

Admission

House Tours: $10

Discounted rates:
$8 New Castle County residents
Free with Delaware Libraries Museum Pass
Free for Museum Members
Free for children under six
Free First Sundays of every month
Free in December

Transportation

DART First State Route 11

Parking

Enter Rockwood from the Washington Street Extension entrance, not Shipley Road. Upon entering, visitors will drive through the first of three parking lots. Continue up the hill to find the Carriage House event space (link), entry to the Northern Delaware Greenways Trail (link), and the Rockwood Museum (link to page 19) with their associated parking options.

From I 95 Northbound
• From I-95 take Exit 9 / Marsh Road Exit
• Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, go under I-95 overpass then immediately turn right onto Carr Road
• At stop sign, turn right onto Washington Street Extension
• Go past Shipley Road; Rockwood Park is on the right at 4651 Washington Street Extension

From I 95 Southbound
• From I-95 take Exit 9 / Marsh Road Exit
• From the ramp, turn right onto Carr Road
• At stop sign, turn right onto Washington Street Extension
• Go past Shipley Road; Rockwood Park is on the right at 4651 Washington Street Extension

From I 495
• From I-495, take Exit 4A Governor Printz Boulevard
• From the ramp, turn west onto Edgemoor Road and cross Governor Printz Boulevard
• Follow Edgemoor Road and cross Philadelphia Pike
• Edgemoor becomes Shipley Road after Philadelphia Pike, continue to follow to Washington Street Extension
• Turn left on Washington Street Extension; Rockwood Park is on the left at 4651 Washington Street Extension

From Route 202
• From 202/Concord Ave turn east on Miller Road
• At the end of Miller Road, turn right on Rockwood Road
• Turn left on Washington Street Extension
• Rockwood Park is on the right at 4651 Washington Street Extension

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