The Rosenbach offers exhibits, programs, and tours showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and art.

Plan Your Visit

Hours

Tuesday: Noon — 8pm
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.

Admission

Admission includes exhibitions on view and a guided tour of the historic Rosenbach house.

Reservations for groups of 10 or more are required. For information about Group Tours click here.

Cost

Adults: $10.00
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

2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The Rosenbach is wheelchair accessible at our rear entrance - please call for assistance.

From The Rosenblog

Another Summer of Wonder is here and The Rosenbach is again excited to offer free admission for families to the museum! Once you step through our stately front doors, you’ll find a house filled with weird, wacky, and wonderful things that will delight and enchant the entire family. Pick up a copy of the Journey Around the World activity …

Famous and beloved Irish aria will be performed live on harp during The Rosenbach’s 2019 Bloomsday celebrations on Sunday, June 16.   “Where have I been wandering in my sleep? And what curious noise awoke me from its pleasant dream? Ah, Thaddeus, would you not like to know my dream? Well, I will tell it …

Our annual Bloomsday festivities will be held on Sunday, June 16, falling on Father’s Day this year!   What is Bloomsday? Bloomsday is the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses. Lauded as the greatest novel of all time, Ulysses has been …

Current Exhibition On View

Off the Shelf… Game On!

From 11/25/2018 to 12/08/2019

Match your wits with a giant game board as you learn more about the Rosenbach’s famous acquisitions! From the Bay Psalm Book and Ulysses manuscript to the Dracula notes, Marianne Moore collection, and Gratz family portraits and more, test your knowledge. Then, sit down for a series of more intimate, written conversations with selections from across our collections that have something to say—about their pasts, their owners, collectors, and makers—and join curators and other visitors as we unravel their mysteries.

Out of Many, One: Diversity and the American Experiment

From 06/11/2019 to 08/04/2019

The American experiment in democratic government brings together all kinds of people to participate in civic life.  This display of rare books, manuscripts, and artworks will highlight a diversity of individual experiences in our country’s history, from the founding of Plymouth Colony through the turmoil of the Civil War.

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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.

Collections

American literature includes first editions of Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, presentation copies of books by Herman Melville housed in a bookcase that once belonged to him; 19th-century dime novels; and first editions and letters of Emily Dickinson and Christopher Morley. The single largest collection, that of the…
The furniture in the collections range from the 16th to the 20th century and include examples of British, American, and Continental origin. Among the highlights are an eighteenth-century Philadelphia high chest, an elaborate French orbital clock by Jean Baptiste Baillon, and a massive sixteenth-century refectory table. Although many pieces are…
Chief among these holdings is a group of Cervantes’s works, including the first edition of Don Quixote, Dr. Rosenbach’s favorite book, and documents in Cervantes’s hand. The Continental Literature collection also includes a complete, 56-volume copy of George Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon’s Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliére with 2,978…
These media are most often represented by domestic objects, many of them Rosenbach family belongings, but some collected for use, resale, or display by the brothers. Ceramics range from the 16th to the 20th century and were produced in England, France, China, and Italy. Famous makers include Derby, Wedgwood, and…