The Rosenbach and the Free Library continue to follow Philadelphia Department of Public Health, city, state, and federal health guidelines to help manage the spread of COVID-19. This means that The Rosenbach’s museum and garden, along with all Free Library locations, will be closed to the public effective Friday, November 20, in order to best protect our staff and visitors.
Timed tickets are available through November 19 and can be purchased with the link below. Pre-registering online or by emailing [email protected] is strongly recommended. See full policies and what’s on view below.
- Adults: $10.00
- Seniors (ages 65 & older): $8.00
- Students & Children: $5.00
- Children under 12: Free
- Rosenbach Members: Free!
- Members of AAM,ICOM, & the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program: Free
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
The Rosenbach is closed on all national holidays. Please note our 2020 holiday hours: The Rosenbach will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day, December 24-25 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Year’s Day. Additionally, please note adjusted hours on Tuesday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve, the final tour will be held at 2:00 p.m.
For research appointments or queries, see our reading room hours.
On View at The Rosenbach
At this time, tours of The Rosenbach’s historic house and library are not available but visitors are welcome to enjoy a self-guided visit through multiple galleries and spaces through the museum.
- New exhibition, Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020. Manjiro’s epic tale begins in 1841, when, as a teenager, he left his tiny Japanese village on a fishing trip. A violent storm left him shipwrecked and set the course that would lead Manjiro to become the first Japanese person to live in the United States. Highlights include Manjiro’s own illustrated manuscript depicting his world travels, rare letters between Manjiro and the captain who rescued him at sea, and much more.
- The Rosenbach’s garden, open to the public again after more than twenty years of closure. The garden is a 1,600 square foot green oasis tucked behind The Rosenbach’s Delancey Street townhouses. The garden was carefully renovated this summer and is now filled with plants and flowers that were specially selected to connect with works of literature in The Rosenbach’s collections.
- A new acquisition, miniature model of John Fleming’s library. Fleming was hired by the Rosenbach brothers as a clerk in his teens, advanced through the company, and later became vice president of our founders’ business. He eventually purchased a large portion of the company’s stock and took over after Dr. Rosenbach’s death. Learn more on our blog about our new acquisitions.
- American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200. Originally scheduled to close in July 2020, the exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Moby-Dick author Herman Melville has been extended through December 21, 2020. Due to safety limitations, the exhibition will be on view in limited capacity.
Museum & Guest Policies
- Visitors are encouraged to pre-register for timed tickets online or by calling by emailing [email protected]. Each 2-hour slot accommodates up to 4 ticket holders per group. Children of all ages count as a visitor.
- To ensure your safety, our staff’s safety, and the safety of other members of the public, all visitors above the age of 2 and museum staff are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are available at the front desk.
- All museum visitors must enter the building through the 2008 Delancey Place main entrance unless a member of your party needs to use the accessible entrance on Panama Street, which is located directly behind the museum. If you or a member of your party would like to use the accessible entrance ramp, please call us at 215-732-1600 before you arrive. Our staff will explain to you how to access the entrance and will meet you at that door.
- Visitors must wear a visitor sticker nametag for the duration of their visit. These are available at the front desk.
- Sanitation stations with hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum.
- Bathrooms are available on the museum’s first floor. Staff sanitize them every hour.
- Lockers are available for you to store your personal belongs. Staff sanitize them every hour.
- To ensure the safety of your fellow museum visitors, please arrive as close to your time-slot start time to avoid any gathering at the front door. If you are late, you will still be required to leave at the end of your registered time slot.
- If you are unable to visit during your pre-registered time, please cancel your tickets to release your slot to another visitor.
- By visiting The Rosenbach, the guest voluntarily assumes all risks related to potential exposure to COVID-19 in or about The Rosenbach.
Visitors with severe disabilities may be accompanied by their government-funded paid Personal Care Attendants (PCA) at no additional cost during their visit to The Rosenbach. This applies to general admission and to all ticketed programs and events, as well as individual, membership, complimentary and group sales tickets. A request for complimentary admission for a PCA should be made at the time the visitor with disabilities who will be accompanied by the PCA purchases his or her ticket. Visitors who wish to purchase advance tickets should email [email protected] in advance to request a complimentary ticket for a government-funded paid PCA.
The Rosenbach is wheelchair accessible at our south entrance. To access this entrance, please call 215-732-1600 ext. 0 for assistance.
2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
When available, street parking is free for two hours. There are also several parking garages located on 20th Street a few blocks north, near Walnut Street and Chestnut Street.
Amtrak, Regional Rail, and New Jersey Transit: The Rosenbach is a short walk or cab ride south from 30th Street Station, Suburban Station.
SEPTA: The Route 17 Bus travels 19th Street and 20th Street. Other nearby routes include: the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, the Route 2 Bus, the Route 7 bus, and the Route 40 bus.
PATCO: The Speedline stops at 16th and Locust Street.