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Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
+1 215-732-1600
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See a tiny fraction of the most incredible literary collection in the world

A.S.W. Rosenbach was the 20th century's most important dealer of rare books and manuscripts, and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
forcor
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West Hollywood, California
Small gem in a Philadelphia neighborhood

Museum was a book lovers heaven. Admission was inexpensive and included a tour and Dracula and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alec P
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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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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2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
City Center West
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A.S.W. Rosenbach was the 20th century's most important dealer of rare books and manuscripts, and his stately former home houses his priceless collection of literature. The catch? Most of it is secreted away, behind glass. Take the house tour at the top of each hour....More

Thank forcor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Museum was a book lovers heaven. Admission was inexpensive and included a tour and Dracula and Frankenstein exhibit. The tour was of the library of the Rosenbachs which included many rare and interesting books. Handicapped accessible.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic collection of rare books, first editions, and original manuscripts, some dating dating back to the 1600's.

Thank tmg821
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Whether you are there in June for the complete reading (by serial readers) of James Joyce' Ulysses or enjoying the collections of famous authors or playing detective and appreciating the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle, Poe and others of this genre - good time can...More

Thank bruce s
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Since I visit Philadelphia often I was running out of touristy things to do. I went into the Rosenbach slightly skeptical of what I would find. What a pleasant surprise! I had no idea the house itself is filled with such treasures and interesting artifacts!...More

Thank kiwiandmolly
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We took a taxi to this museum thinking we could arrive any time for a self-guided tour, but except for a couple of small exhibits, you can only see the museum and library on a guided tour. We had to wait for the next scheduled...More

Thank Dobbstraveler
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

There are three parts to this gem. The exhibits which are constantly rotating but include such rarities as Alice in Wonderland and Barbar James Joyce and Moby Dick. The second part is the old house that the Rosenbach lived in with period pieces and many...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Practically or should I say "literally" the only museum open today in Philadelphia. We were the only people on the 2pm tour and very grateful we were too. An amazing house and what a collection of books, manuscripts, book plates, ephemera they have. The furniture...More

Thank HONORIA1
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have lived 15 miles away from Philly for my entire life and never knew about this gem. I wish that the city would promote this museum more. If you love books, or history, or the history of books; this museum is for you! It...More

1  Thank abura
Reviewed 11 February 2017

I am a bibliophile and book eater of the largest proportions (by my own estimation) so finding this gem near our AirBnB in Rittenhouse last weekend was an absolute delight. We managed to snag an hourly tour and this DID NOT DISAPPOINT. You will not...More

Thank Sasha G
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Philadelphia is delightful. Rittenhouse square is the best address in Phili. Have a great trip.
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