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.

Current Exhibition On View

American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200

From 10/03/2019 to 04/05/2020

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.

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From The Rosenblog

The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines Manumission as ‘formal emancipation from slavery’ (note that The Rosenbach has two first editions of Noah Webster’s landmark Webster’s Dictionary!). Manumission was one vehicle that enslaved Africans leveraged to gain their freedom. Slave laws made manumission difficult, however, requiring large sums to legally manumit slaves. Here at The Rosenbach we have …

When you walk into a museum’s gallery space, the site that meets your eye is usually quite serene: a calm, quiet space all set up for you, the visitor, to explore, enjoy, and learn from artworks and artifacts.  But this final product comes only at the end of many months, if not years, of planning, …

If you’ve ever been to Bloomsday at The Rosenbach, you know how exciting (and slightly surreal) it can be to hear a book read aloud over many, many hours. Bloomsday 2020 is still months away but for those craving the opportunity to test their literary endurance, we have just the thing! We are teaming up …

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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

The Rosenbach’s literary collections include virtually all of the manuscripts and papers of Modernist poet Marianne Moore (1887-1972), as well as her personal library, thousands of photographs, and the contents of her Greenwich village living room, thus making the Rosenbach the undisputed center for the study of this important American…
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…
The largest portion of the literary collections is English literature of the British Isles, including Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Among the most significant holdings are two 15th-century manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; an important group of 16th-and 17th-century poetical commonplace books; more than 450 books and pamphlets by Daniel Defoe,…
James Joyce (1882-1941) has been called the greatest 20th-century novelist writing in English. Ulysses is his masterpiece. The manuscript of Ulysses is among the premier treasures of the Rosenbach. Dr. Rosenbach owned a first edition of the novel – the banned book had been smuggled into the country for him…