Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • November 21, 2019
    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.

Hands-on Tour: Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • November 21, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Bibliobrews: Whaling Songs and Sea Chanties

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • November 23, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A rollicking afternoon of song and beer, as we welcome back brewer George Hart with a specially brewed ale honoring Melville’s life as a sea voyager. 

Lunchtime Talk with Alice Bullitt | Symphony of Horrors: Dracula in Popular Film

Date / Time

  • December 3, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The vampire is a creature that has haunted the artistic imagination for centuries – it literally and figuratively refuses to die.  Like other progeny of Gothic literature, such as Victor Frankenstein’s monster and Dr. Jekyll’s alter ego Mr. Hyde, the vampire is a locus of cultural ideology, reflecting the varied anxieties of its historical moment.  (more…)

Hands- On Tour | Early Hebrew Books III: A Grafted Tree

Date / Time

  • December 5, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This tour takes us into the early 18th century and from New York City, home of America’s earliest Jewish population, to Cambridge, Massachusetts. We follow a dedicated teacher of the Hebrew language and its first instructor at Harvard University. We will explore the books that reveal his experiences, as this descendant of Portuguese conversos collides with the forces of New England Puritanism, bringing together a compelling cast of characters, a public spectacle in Harvard Yard, and some of Dr. Rosenbach’s treasures of Early American Judaica.

Hands-on Tour: Book Arts

Date / Time

  • December 6, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you prefer to judge a book by its cover, or does the inside matter more? In this tour of book arts, we’ll take a look at various rare books in The Rosenbach collection, their aesthetics, their functions, how the processes in creating books inform how we use them today, and vice versa.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Henry IV, Part 2

Date / Time

  • December 7, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare’s plays aloud offers not only a communal way to enjoy these great works but also promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate — just bring a copy of the play we’re reading…and your voice!