The Rosenbach offers exhibits, programs, and tours showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and art.
Plan Your Visit
Friday: 10:30am — 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am — 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am — 6:00pm
Seniors (ages 65 & older): $8.00
Students & Children: $5.00
Children under 12: Free
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Members of AAM,ICOM, & the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program: Free
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Rosenbach is wheelchair accessible at our rear entrance - please call for assistance.
Current Exhibition On View
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.
James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is considered a classic of British literature, and an iconic Irish story. Yet Joyce wrote the book outside the boundaries of British imperial rule, far away from Ireland. His writings advocated for the equality of Irish people, and against corrosive imperialism and ethnic nationalism. Using the plight of the Irish as an exemplar, Joyce noted and critiqued racial inequality among other oppressed peoples, which was a common feature of imperialist societies. Leopold Bloom, the main character of Ulysses, is a Jew, who himself occupied racialized and oppressed status in the Ireland of the novel. As a Jew, and thus a perennial outsider, Bloom asks readers to experience the real world as if they, too, are one of many global others.
July 12, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
July 26, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
August 9, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
April 13, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 11, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 15, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 20, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
August 10, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
September 14, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 12, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
November 9, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 14, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 11, 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
February 8, 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From The Rosenblog
That the winners of an art contest devoted to James Joyce’s Ulysses should incorporate text and collage is fitting—considering the earthiness of Joyce’s imagery and the centrality of collage to modernism in general. 2021 is the second year the Rosenbach has held a Joyce-inspired art contest as part of our Bloomsday celebration. It’s a cliché …
A familiar face to many in The Rosenbach community, we are so pleased to announce the appointment of Kelsey Scouten Bates as our Interim Director. Bates has served as The Rosenbach’s Associate Director and Director of Development since February 2014 and was hired following the formation of its formal partnership with the Free Library of …
A nation divided. A hotly contested election. A president feverishly appointing judges favorable to his viewpoint in the twilight of his term of office. Rumors that the opposition will lead the nation into radicalism and violence. 2020? Perhaps. But I’m here to tell you about the presidential inauguration in the aftermath of the election of …
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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.