Exhibitions

Past exhibition: Freedom Train 1947-1949

Exhibiting America's Past to Shape America's Future

From 07/01/2016 to 11/01/2016

From 1947 to 1949, one of the most ambitious traveling exhibitions ever mounted toured the United States. Aimed at promoting “a greater appreciation of the blessings of American heritage” the Freedom Train brought 126 of the nation’s most iconic documents, from Columbus’s writing to the Bill of Rights to the World War II surrender, to 3.5 million people across America.

Past exhibition: Through the Camera Lens

The Photography of Charles Dodgson

From 03/25/2016 to 05/15/2016

An exhibition exploring the fascinating world of Victorian photography through the lens of Lewis Carroll himself.

Past exhibition: Down the Rabbit Hole

Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

From 10/14/2015 to 05/15/2016

The Rosenbach marks the 150th anniversary of this internationally beloved story in fantastic fashion. Follow us down the rabbit hole as we bring Wonderland to the heart of Philadelphia.

Past exhibition: Alice: The Manuscript

From 10/14/2015 to 10/18/2015

Past exhibition: Catholics in the New World

A Selection of 16th - 18th Century Texts

From 09/01/2015 to 01/31/2016

This installation presents 16th-18th century works from both sides of the Atlantic that document Catholics’ evolving relationship with the Americas

Past exhibition: Deciphering Ulysses: A Playful Introduction to Joyce’s Novel

From 06/09/2015 to 09/06/2015

Want to solve the puzzle of James Joyce’s Ulysses? You are in good company. “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries,” Joyce notoriously boasted. This exhibit offers a playful and interactive introduction to cracking the code of Ulysses.

Past exhibition: Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia

From 01/23/2015 to 05/24/2015

This groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the life and work of Oscar Wilde, and highlights his historic and ongoing connections and influence in Philadelphia.

Past exhibition: Bescribbled, Nibbled, and Dog-Eared: Early American Children’s Books

From 07/09/2014 to 12/31/2014

This exhibition explores the history of early children’s books from the religious tracts of Puritan printers to the adventure novels of the 19th century, while introducing visitors to Dr. Rosenbach’s passion for these dog-eared gems

Past exhibition: I’ll Make a Ghost of Him: Joyce Haunted by Shakespeare

From 06/15/2014 to 08/31/2014

Of all Joyce’s predecessors, Shakespeare was the greatest and most complicated, serving as an artistic father, guide and literary ideal. This unique exhibition places pages from Joyce’s manuscriptof Ulysses side-by-side with the plays and poems that inspired it.

Past exhibition: Four Scores on 150 Years Ago

Dave Burrell’s Civil War Concerts

From 04/02/2014 to 05/25/2014

In this special exhibition, we invite you to explore this fascinating and unique project from its inception to today. Burrell’s original musical scores, research notebooks, and interviews about his creative process will be displayed beside to the original Civil War documents which inspired the concerts.