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“Lovely small museum: hidden gem!”

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Ranked #106 of 457 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.
Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

As a Philadelphia native, I had heard of this museum but had never visited - I took the opportunity when a friend from New York came to town and wanted to see something off the beaten path. The museum/library has several wonderful aspects to its collection, including the works of Maurice Sendak, and for any book lover you will not regret a visit to their rare books collection! The museum staff and guide were lovely as well and since it is a smaller place and we were the only ones there at that time, we had a private tour:-) if you're visiting philadelphia and want to take a 1-2 hr break from the major sites to visit one of our prettiest neighborhoods (Rittenhouse Square) then definitely include this beautiful small museum in your visit! Also, with the Sendak collection there seems to be a small kids friendly section, too, with some Wild Things toys/interactive elements, though we did not have kids with us so I can't speak to that directly...

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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.

Thank JaneB68
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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.

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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.

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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.

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