The Rosenbach offers exhibits, programs, and tours showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and art.
Plan Your Visit
Wednesday: Noon — 8pm
Thursday: Noon — 8pm
Friday: Noon — 5pm
Saturday: Noon — 6pm
Sunday: Noon — 6pm
Closed Mondays and National Holidays.
For reading room hours, click here.
Reservations for groups of 10 or more are required. For information about Group Tours click here.
Seniors (ages 65 & older): $8.00
Students & Children: $5.00
Children under 12: Free
Rosenbach Members: Free! Click here to learn how to become a member.
Members of AAM,ICOM, & the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program: Free
Address & Directions
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Rosenbach is wheelchair accessible at our rear entrance - please call for assistance.
Current Exhibition On View
Few American writers have achieved the cultural impact of Herman Melville, author of the eternal classic Moby–Dick. Yet he died unrecognized for his genius by his contemporaries. To commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, The Rosenbach’s new exhibition, American Voyager, will explore the life, works, and legacy of this iconic but under-read author.
Manjiro’s epic tale begins in 1841, when, as a teenager, he left his home village on a fishing trip. A violent storm left him shipwrecked and set the course that would lead Manjiro to become the first Japanese person to live in the United States. In partnership with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s JapanPhilly2020 initiative, The Rosenbach will present a special exhibition on Manjiro’s legendary life, featuring holdings from our collection along with partner loans.
April 21, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 26, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 9, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
November 7, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 5, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 2, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
February 6, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 5, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 2, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 7, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 4, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From The Rosenblog
With letters, photographs, first editions, and manuscripts of Oscar Wilde in our collections, many facets of Wilde and his life can be glimpsed at The Rosenbach. So much so, I sometimes struggle with what exactly to foreground: his spectacular gift for words, his careening success, or his tragic fall. Though we can’t visit The Rosenbach …
The Rosenbach’s mission is to foster inquiry, learning, and creativity inspired by our collections. Although our doors are temporarily closed, our books, manuscripts, and art are still ready to be discovered. Read on to explore The Rosenbach’s holdings and stay tuned for additional content in the coming weeks. At-home learning resources for students We know that many parents are …
Alexandre Dumas’s father was one of Napoleon’s generals, nicknamed “Hercules” by the emperor, and “Black Devil” by France’s enemies; Dumas’s surname came from a paternal grandmother, Marie-Cessette Dumas, an Afro-Caribbean woman held in slavery on what is now Haiti. In his career as a writer, the colossally prolific Dumas used different colored paper for each …
Support the Rosenbach
The Rosenbach relies on contributions from our generous community of supporters to fund programs exhibitions, and collections care. Your generosity makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission of inspiring curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. There are a variety of ways to give: become a member, join the Delancey Society, or give an annual gift at any time.