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“Great find for bibliophiles”

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Ranked #86 of 427 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 15 October 2017

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

Thank tmg821
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"maurice sendak"
in 17 reviews
"book lovers"
in 9 reviews
"book collection"
in 6 reviews
"alice in wonderland"
in 7 reviews
"rittenhouse square"
in 10 reviews
"original manuscripts"
in 5 reviews
"love books"
in 5 reviews
"famous authors"
in 4 reviews
"house tour"
in 4 reviews
"guided tour"
in 9 reviews
"family history"
in 3 reviews
"antique furniture"
in 2 reviews
"behind glass"
in 2 reviews
"fantastic collection"
in 2 reviews
"come alive"
in 2 reviews
"on display"
in 4 reviews
"knowledgeable guide"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 31 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 be had by all.

Thank Bruce S
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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! Upstairs the library does house unique manuscripts and rare books. Our docent was a wealth of knowledge. This is not to be missed!

1  Thank kiwiandmolly
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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 tour, supposedly 45 minutes, but our volunteer guide exceeded an hour. You can't leave before the tour is over; the group must stay together. The family history is fascinating and the rooms we visited were beautifully furnished with antiques. The library rooms were impressive and contained many rare books and first editions. Maurice Sendak donated his collection of books to the museum and that is viewable without a guide.
In a lovely residential neighborhood.

Thank Dobbstraveler
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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 historic books. The third part, is actually off-limits without a special appointment which is the actual library itself. Tours of the historic house are only given on the hour and is the only way to see the house. Staff and tour guides are very friendly and helpful.

A little off the beaten path, near Rittenhouse Square and accessibly by nearby bus 19 which runs up market street through all the tourist areas before turning towards the museum and library. Also accessible with a half mile walk from trolley lines. Well worth the extra effort to get there and really only a short bus ride from the main tourist attractions.

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