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Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Address: 2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
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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
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 May 2014
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Chapel Hill
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 adult. If you love books, you will love this collection.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

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

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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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.

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chatham, nj
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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... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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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... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

a good destination for book lovers or just people who like big old townhouses. Fascinating even for the noncollector

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Unadilla, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

I've been to the Rosenbach twice -- my son used to live a couple of blocks away, so we took the tour together one day. He was dubious, but ended up being very glad he went. There is a wealth of things to look at: portraits of the Gratz family, the Rosenbach brothers, et al; maps and art objects; beautiful... More 

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Greenfield MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We happened to be in Philadelphia over the weekend of Blooms' Day (I'll leave it to readers to look that up!). As result, we spotted a poster for the Rosenbach Museum; and I'd found it as well here on TripAdvisor. They have original manuscripts of several rare books, as well as a delightful collection of old books. Dr. Rosenbach was... More 

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