Have a Spooktacular Halloween at The Rosenbach

We at The Rosenbach have some seriously spine-tingling tales in our collection, from Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula to first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What better place to celebrate the spookiest time of year than at the home of these and other horrific — and horrifically inspiring — literary treasures? …

Course: Dark and Bloody Nights: A Literary History of Vampires-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • November 14, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 12, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • January 16, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

In this course, we will read some of the seminal texts of vampire fiction and see how the legend grew and developed since the nineteenth century. We’ll also look at some accounts of the vampire in folklore and compare myths of the past with myths of the present (can there be such a thing as a present-day myth?). We’ll see how the texts of vampires highlight the fears and anxieties of the cultures that produce them and discover that vampire stories (like all monster stories) are just as much about themes of difference and otherness, race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, as they are about thrilling horror.

Halloween Party at the Rosenbach featuring Charming Disaster

Date / Time

  • October 27, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rosenbach is home to Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula, as well as a first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. So, join us in your costumed finest to celebrate Halloween as we welcome musical duo Charming Disaster and their eclectic repertoire of song. Charming Disaster will play short sets throughout the evening, as we also engage in some gothic fun.

Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • March 9, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.

Winter reflections on the Year Without a Summer

Greetings from Frozen Philadelphia! After a snowy weekend and a lot of single-digit temperatures, we’re bundled up and back in the office. And as we shiver on our way to and from the museum, we’re thinking about some of our favorite authors, who shivered during an unseasonably cold summer 202 years ago. During the summer of …

Frankenstein200 at the Rosenbach

On January 1, 1818, the London publishing house Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones published a book titled Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. The publication did not name its author, but the book had an preface written by Percy Bysshe Shelley and a dedication to writer and philosopher William Godwin, so some readers assumed that the …