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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
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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A little gem for lovers of art and literature....

After a walking tour of historic Philly, we were anxious to see the interior of one of these marvelous townhouses. At the Rosenbach, your tour takes you through the rooms... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 June 2013
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

After a walking tour of historic Philly, we were anxious to see the interior of one of these marvelous townhouses. At the Rosenbach, your tour takes you through the rooms, libraries, and collections of this old Philadelphia family. Among the many objects there are the Maurice Sendak archives and the original edition of James Joyce's Ulysses.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

The Rosenbachs assembled a magnificent collection. It's interesting to be able to see Joyce's original pages of "Ulysses." But the museum continues to keep lively and current. This week an exhibit of Maurice Sendak's original work on "Where the Wild Things Are" opened. And there is an art installation of "Ulysses" written in its entirety on yellow latex gloves, which... More 

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Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

Very poor and unhelpful staff. Shame. After travelling from Scotland, we hoped to view some of the exhibits. No such luck - we were told if we waited half an hour we could see the desk the book usually sat. A waste of $10.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

It is worth a visit just to view Joyce's handwritten manuscript of Ulysses! Their collection spans a great breath of modern literature, and be sure to have a look at the Sendak illustrations. A must for all bibliophiles!

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

I visited because of the Maurice Sendak collection, however, this is much more! An interesting history and a fantastic collection of rare books. The guided tour is a must!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

The house and the library is very impressive. The tour was terrific. It's quite a story of the Rosenbach family. I know nothing about them and I was engrossed throughout the tour. Be sure to check the day and time for the rare book experience when you can personally look at some of these rare books.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

I had read about this in a guide book and we dropped in to discover Maurice Sendak and many, many other treasures. Recommend for book lovers, but not for children.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

If you like books and care about the people who write them, this is a must-visit place. You'll see shelves of valued and valuable books in an intimate, warm setting in an old elegant building on a tree-lined street. Just being close to first editions and manuscripts of Joyce, Dickens, Cervantes, Wheatley and others will thrill you, and don't forget... More 

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Reisterstown, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

We were exited to visit this museum (particularly after visiting J.P Morgan's museum and library in NY which impressed us a lot). Unfortunately we can't say the same about this place. The museum and library itself is an interesting place. If only it was presented to the public by more knowledgeable in the subject that museum is about and well... More 

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Eurkea California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

This is one of the city's true private treasures and with all the budget cuts thank goodness we were able to see this for ourselves before this is gone due to budgets. It was a truly incredible experience like being a mansion from the past century. Gorgeous from the start to finish. If you love Books you'll have to drag... More 

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