Hands-On Tour: Lewis Carroll

Date / Time

  • August 17, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mathematician and cleric Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll. This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books. We may not figure out why a raven is like a writing desk, or believe six impossible things before breakfast, but it is sure to be an enlightening tour nonetheless.

Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • August 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 20, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Devoted fans of Moby-Dick and first-time readers alike can dive deep into the pages of this great American novel. The course will tackle portions of this literary Leviathan during six monthly sessions and explore the novel within the context of Herman Melville’s life, the influences of Romanticism, and the age-old conflict of personal freedom versus social obligation.

Hands-On Tour: Mary Shelley

Date / Time

  • August 24, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The young widow who kept her husband’s heart in her desk, the author of the first post-apocalyptic novel (The Last Man) and the immortal Frankenstein, Mary Shelley was so much more than a goth pin-up! After the fires of her legendary romantic youth were drowned, Mary Shelley embarked on a career as a professional writer–publishing biographies, poems, travel narratives, short stories, and novels in multiple genres. Explore the life and works of this radical, proto-feminist, and quintessential Romantic (born on August 30) as we sift through early editions of her works, along with manuscripts and letters of her husband, poet Percy Shelley, and their disreputable friends.

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • August 30, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Wednesdays)

Date / Time

  • October 3, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • November 7, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 5, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • January 2, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)

Date / Time

  • October 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • October 25, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • November 29, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • December 27, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.