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“A Gem”

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Ranked #103 of 435 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: 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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“A Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

This was the unexpected highlight of a recent visit to Philadelphia. Only wish I had more time so will definitely return.

Visited October 2013
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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“a hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

A must see for Maurice Sendak fans as well as those who enjoy seeing turn of the century homes. It also has an amazing collection of rare books available for review and research. It's in a nice neighborhood and provides an interesting way to spend a few hours off the beaten track.

Visited February 2013
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chatham, nj
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Small, quiet pleasures”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We've visited Philadelphia many times and have seen the main attractions. So, it was a pleasant surprise to find something new and enjoyable. The small museum and library of rare books is on a tree-lined street with historic architecture. The docent who gave the tour was knowledgeable and provided interesting tidbits. If you're interested in knowing that the first book printed in the New World was a bible written in phonetic Iroquois, then this is the place for you. Maurice Sendak donated his papers to the museum, so there was an exhibit of his illustrations when we visited. Quirky and enjoyable, but not a replacement for the city's main attractions.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delightful little museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

Rosenbach is a delight. You definitely need to take the guided tour. When we visited there was an exhibition on Maurice Sendak who was a friend of the Rosenbach family - it was excellent.

Reading the previous reviews, if you are not into beautiful architecture and old books don't go. It's a small museum, so if you are looking for a blockbuster, go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The collection of books is amazing. Like other museums if you want to see something specifically in the collection you need to call in advance.

Visited December 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The museum has an incredible collection of literary works which they won't let you see. The staff is down right rude and impertinent.

Visited September 2012
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