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 5: 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.
On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, or the Whale was published by Harper Bros. in the United States. Although not well-received by the critics and reading public at the time, this novel is now recognized as a masterpiece of literature. The Rosenbach has a substantial collection of Melville’s letters and first edition of his …
‘Tis the season for some Dickens—and at the Rosenbach, we have several programs that highlight our collection of Charles Dickens books and more. On November 30, our A Christmas Carol Course begins and runs for two consecutive Thursdays (Nov 30 and Dec 7). The Course ties in with a two-actor adaptation of A Christmas Carol by the …
In 1803, London was shocked by a public experiment conducted by an Italian scientist named Giovanni Aldini—nephew of Luigi Galvani, whose experiments with electrical currents gave the term galvanism its name. Aldini acquired the body of a recently executed criminal (a perfectly legal transaction, thanks to England’s Murder Act of 1752) and applied electric stimulus to the …
Current Exhibition On View
Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science explores the creation of two of history’s most memorable monsters. In honor of the bicentennial of the publication of Frankenstein, handwritten pages of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel will be displayed alongside Bram Stoker’s personal notes for Dracula for the first time, accompanied by scientific and medical works from the 19th century to the present.
October 21, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November 18, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 16, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
January 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
February 17, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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.