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Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
+1 215-732-1600
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Docent tour makes the visit come alive

Having never even head of Dr. Rosenbach, I did not hold much hope for truly enjoying my visit... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2014
New Jersey
A Favorite Place on Earth

Twenty or so years ago, I had been involved in this lovely treasure as a Young Friend. I had always... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2014
Lehigh Valley, 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
+1 215-732-1600
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Having never even head of Dr. Rosenbach, I did not hold much hope for truly enjoying my visit. However, the docent tour, which is included in the $10 admission, really established a good baseline from which to later explore. Bibliophiles will marvel in a wide...More

2  Thank LisaMNewJersey
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Twenty or so years ago, I had been involved in this lovely treasure as a Young Friend. I had always looked forward to returning to show it off to my children and I wasn't disappointed. It has been in good hands. The house itself is...More

1  Thank BBBBTravel
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I've lived in Philly for almost 6 years, and finally made it to the Rosenbach Museum & Library. We had a private tour of the house from Andrew, wow! The house is a perfect period piece of an elegant residence from the 1st half of...More

3  Thank WorthHaving
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

The range of books and manuscripts is surprising for a private collection. There is plenty to ooh and aah at--from early Americana to English classics. We were especially interested in the Alice in Wonderland items, and the pictures of Alice at the house as an...More

1  Thank mbaChapelHill
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...More

1  Thank LillyFred
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
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...More

Thank Escapists2
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...More

1  Thank beachwalker2011
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...More

1  Thank aliciaskubick
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.

Thank travellerpbl
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I will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time this year, and am not familiar with the city at all. Is it a safe walk from the Historical Society of PA at 1300 Locust St. to the Rosenbach? I mean no offense, I just don't know the city and don't want to go somewhere ill-advised. Thank you.
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Response from HONORIA1 | Reviewed this property |
Philadelphia is delightful. Rittenhouse square is the best address in Phili. Have a great trip.