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“Great place for book lovers!”

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 24 February 2018

We visited here a few years ago, and decided to visit again. They have a few rooms on the second floor where they have particular exhibits and we went to see the one now on view. At 4 pm they were offering a tour of the private home portion of the building where the Rosenbach brothers lived - we had an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. We love books and the chance to even be in the same room with rare treasures is a treat. It's not far from Rittenhouse Square so it's a lovely place to spend an hour whatever they have on exhibit.

Thank DrSharonGreenfieldMA
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Not a browse around on your own place. A staff member guides you through the three floors. The collection of rare books is incredible and varied. Small group tours so plenty of opportunities to ask questions. As an aside: the books are available for up-close examination by appointment. A nice sophisticated side trip after lunch in Rittenhouse Square.

Thank LibertyStreet
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

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. Our guide was entertaining and showed us what he could. But in the library upstairs, out of the countless manuscripts by famous authors, the only things on display were a few handwritten pages of Ulysses, written in James Joyce's sloping hand. Don't get me wrong – that's really cool. But it was maddening to watch our guide point out all the super-famous works by super-famous authors, all locked behind glass bookcase doors. It's like going to the Louvre and being told, "Inside that cardboard tube over there is the Mona Lisa."

That's the only reason this place gets 4 stars. I'd love to visit a Rosenbach with much more work on display. But this is not a vast museum. It's just a nice old house. There's only so much space.

There is a room downstairs with rotating exhibitions – when we were there, it was Bram Stoker's notes for Dracula and Mary Shelley's manuscript for Frankenstein, very atmospherically presented. This room alone makes the house a worthwhile destination for literature buffs.

1  Thank forcor
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 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.

Thank Alec P
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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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