Proof of vaccination required to visit The Rosenbach
Beginning on September 1, visitors and program attendees must show proof of vaccination along with all staff members and volunteers. With limited space for social distancing in our historic house and library, requiring proof of vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
- Visitors and program attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID at the front desk. We will accept your original CDC issued card or a photo.
- With the vaccine requirement in place, masks are not required but are encouraged and will be available for use.
- Visitors who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be able to visit The Rosenbach at this time, including unvaccinated children under the age of 12.
The Rosenbach is currently open Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each 1.5-hour slot accommodates a maximum of 10 total visitors. More than one group can book tickets for a time slot.
Please note that the guided tours start at the beginning of each timeslot. The guided tour is the only way to view the historic house during your visit. Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-register for timed tickets online or by calling 215-732-1600.
- Adults: $10.00
- Seniors (ages 65 & older): $8.00
- Students & Children: $5.00
- Children under 12: Children under 12 are currently unable to visit The Rosenbach due to the above vaccination policy.
- Rosenbach Members: Free!
- Members of AAM,ICOM, & the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program: Free
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 10:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 10:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Your Visit to The Rosenbach
- Enjoy a guided tour of the Rosenbach brothers’ 19th-century townhouse to explore our founders’ collection of rare books, manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, and more along with newer acquisitions. Highlights of the collection include holdings from James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, Phillis Wheatley, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Cervantes, George Washington, and countless others. Please note that the guided tours start at the beginning of each timeslot. The guided tour is the only way to view the historic house during your visit.
- 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 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.
Museum & Guest Policies
- Visitors are encouraged to pre-register for timed tickets online, by calling 215-732-1600, or emailing [email protected]. Each 1.5-hour timeslot will accommodate up to ten ticket holders into the museum at a time. More than one group can book tickets for a time slot. Children of all ages count as a visitor.
- Beginning on September 1, visitors and program attendees must show proof of vaccination along with all staff members and volunteers.
- 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.
- Sanitation stations with hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum.
- Bathrooms are available on the museum’s first floor.
- Lockers are available for you to store your personal belongings.
- 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.