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.
October 22, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
November 19, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
December 17, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 21, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 19, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November 16, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 14, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 25, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 15, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 26, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
February 23, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
From The Rosenblog
“‘Exhibit’ is a noun, but it is also a verb, meaning to show or display. Show or display what? Stuff. Not pictures of stuff or descriptions of stuff, but stuff. And the use of real, physical stuff…is what sets exhibits apart from books, TV, the Internet, etc.” – Eugene Dillenburg, “What, if Anything, is a Museum?” In Exhibitionist, spring, 2011. …
In 2019 we welcomed three new members to our board, including a new representative of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation Board of Directors. Emily Cavanagh, Lisa Washington, and Gene LeFevre each bring their own expertise and passion for our mission. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to the board and The Rosenbach community. …
Could a poem inspired by an obscure folly, no matter how beautiful, hope to be anything but an obscure folly itself? Case in point: the masterful sonnet written by Robert Browning in honor of Helen’s Tower, a 19th century architectural folly built by an Anglo-Irish aristocrat in honor of his mum. The question springs to …
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.