About The Rosenbach

Welcome to the Rosenbach. The Rosenbach creates programs and exhibitions inspired by a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world. The Rosenbach’s programs – from Reading Courses to literary cocktail parties – serve people from around the corner and around the globe.

At the Rosenbach we foster inquiry, learning, and creative thought by engaging audiences in programs, exhibitions, and research inspired by our collections. In December 2013, the Rosenbach became affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, bringing together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana and art. The combined holdings of the Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

The Rosenbach, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) museum and library, receives support from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals just like you. To learn more about how you can support the Rosenbach, click here.

Guided Tours

Let one of our expert docents guide you through the Rosenbach brothers’ 19th-century townhouse. Click here to learn more.


We regularly mount special exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of the collection. Click here to learn more.

Programs & Events

We offer a wide variety of programs, from family events to scholar-led reading groups, all-year round. Click here to learn more.

Research Services

The collections are available by appointment. Research visits are free. Research Hours by appointment only. Click here for more information.

 The Rosenbach is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.