Exhibitions

Past exhibition: Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia

From 01/23/2015 to 05/24/2015

This groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the life and work of Oscar Wilde, and highlights his historic and ongoing connections and influence in Philadelphia.

Past exhibition: Bescribbled, Nibbled, and Dog-Eared: Early American Children’s Books

From 07/09/2014 to 12/31/2014

This exhibition explores the history of early children’s books from the religious tracts of Puritan printers to the adventure novels of the 19th century, while introducing visitors to Dr. Rosenbach’s passion for these dog-eared gems

Past exhibition: I’ll Make a Ghost of Him: Joyce Haunted by Shakespeare

From 06/15/2014 to 08/31/2014

Of all Joyce’s predecessors, Shakespeare was the greatest and most complicated, serving as an artistic father, guide and literary ideal. This unique exhibition places pages from Joyce’s manuscriptof Ulysses side-by-side with the plays and poems that inspired it.

Past exhibition: Four Scores on 150 Years Ago

Dave Burrell’s Civil War Concerts

From 04/02/2014 to 05/25/2014

In this special exhibition, we invite you to explore this fascinating and unique project from its inception to today. Burrell’s original musical scores, research notebooks, and interviews about his creative process will be displayed beside to the original Civil War documents which inspired the concerts.

Past exhibition: Sendak in the ’60s

From 03/26/2014 to 11/02/2014

Amidst the turbulence of 1960s America a quiet revolution took place where few expected it: the world of children’s books. Maurice Sendak was part of a vanguard of writers and illustrators transforming the American picture book and revolutionizing children’s culture in the ‘60s. This exhibition is the first to explore how Sendak’s art reflected both social and personal turmoil throughout the decade.

Past exhibition: Networking Before the Net

Sharing Information in the Pre-Digital Age

From 01/29/2014 to 06/16/2014

Explore the ways that people—historic and contemporary—have connected to each other and the world they live in. While modern technology has revolutionized the ease and speed with which humans can connect behavior that may seem novel today may just be new expressions of ongoing human interests. Networking before the Net offers a playful look at such “social media,” then and now.

Past exhibition: In the Beginning

Three Jewish Firsts in the Rosenbach Collection

From 09/18/2013 to 01/12/2014

Museum co-founder Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach assembled astonishing collections that document Jewish firsts. Spanning five centuries, these objects celebrate the rich and storied heritage of the Jewish people.

Past exhibition: The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit

50 Years of Wild Things

From 06/11/2013 to 03/02/2014

Delve into Sendak’s working process and inspirations for Where the Wild Things Are and learn just how long this wild rumpus had been brewing in Sendak’s imagination. The Rosenbach is the only place you can see the original drawings during the book’s 50th anniversary year.

Past exhibition: Thy Father’s Spirit: A Bloomsday Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Literary Manuscripts

Featuring The Ulysses Glove Project by Jessica Deane Rosner

From 06/05/2013 to 09/01/2013

Past exhibition: Voices of 1863

Witnesses to the Civil War

From 05/01/2013 to 01/05/2014

1863 was a pivotal year in the Civil War. Through letters and other dispatches, hear first-hand from the people struggling to preserve the Union and live their lives during this dramatic era of U.S. history.