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Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Address: 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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+1 215-732-1600
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Tue 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri 12:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 18:00

The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and...

The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. With an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts, furniture, and art, the Rosenbach is a museum and world-renowned research library, set within two historic 1865 townhouses, that reflects an age when great collectors lived among their treasures.

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Wonderful little gem!

This is a museum and library, you can make an appointment to see and handle the historic manuscripts, of which they have many great ones. There are wonderful hands-on tours that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
Sheridan S
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a museum and library, you can make an appointment to see and handle the historic manuscripts, of which they have many great ones. There are wonderful hands-on tours that you can buy in addition to your admission ($15 I believe), led by knowledgable curators. They are personal and intimate and well worth the time. The house itself has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

If you are into literature and/or rare books, this is a must-see. You can go on a tour, but better yet, just give them a call and tell them what books you would like to see and they will customize your visit. First editions from many famous authors, the notes from Bram Stoker's Dracula, the handwritten manuscript of James Joyce's... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

As a Philadelphian I try to visit or at least know something about everything my wonderful city has to offer, but I put off visiting the Rosenbach until this year. Oh my, why haven't I been here before! What a wonderful small museum. The Rosenbach offers a house tour which is definitely worthwhile, but their special exhibits excel. The current... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

We were really impressed by the story of the Rosenbach brothers. They were fascinating characters with an interesting relationship. The mansion is beautiful. Most interesting to us were the Alice in Wonderland exhibit and the library. There are some incredible old books in there! I recommend checking out the Rosenbach if you love literature, or if you have "done" Philly... More 

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Radnor, Pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Loads of history. Our favorite is the many pieces and history of Samuel Yellin whose metal work can be found in some of the most famous homes/buildings in America. Good stuff

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

The good things here are that there is an excellent collection of books and also memorabilia from famous authors, including James Joyce and Bram Stoker. The rooms are also beautiful. The only downside is that tours are mandatory. Ugh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We had seen the major sights in Philadelphia on previous trips, so were ready for something different. The staff were very welcoming and accommodating. Despite the lateness of our arrival, they gave us an abbreviated tour that took until closing time. The guide was extremely knowledgeable; she answered all our questions and told us... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

My wife and I are book people, so on a recent visit to Philadelphia we were very interested to see Rosenbach's house and library, as well as the modern library where I wanted to arrange to do some research.The fact that they had a little Oscar Wilde exhibit on seemed a plus, though we never would have gone for that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

Having been to most every museum in Philly, we were looking to fill some time with a visit to the Rosenbach. It's hard to believe we had passed this by. It's truly a treasure trove of American history with a priceless book collection as the centerpiece. And a great house museum and family history to boot. Props to the docent(s)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015 via mobile

I was in Philadelphia for the weekend with friends. Our local friend found this museum online and suggested we go since two of us were English majors in college. We casually agreed and lazily headed over on a Saturday afternoon and began the 4pm house tour. Boy did I have no idea what I was about to experience... This was... More 

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