Dracula, one of the most famous literary characters ever created, first appeared in an 1897 novel written by an Irish theatre manager, Bram Stoker. This exhibit presents a selection of Stoker’s research notes, as well as a selection of “friends”—other literature about the supernatural from across the Rosenbach’s collections.
Explore some of the most stunning natural history illustrations in the Rosenbach collections, along with historical documents and decorative arts that document the history of natural history in America.
This exhibition looks at books and art that endured censorship, self-censorship, and episodes of natural and human destruction and survived to and tell us stories of the past.
A Sendakian Rhapsody
This multimedia exhibition uses thirty objects from the Rosenbach’s Maurice Sendak collection to reflect the range of musical influences on the author’s work and invites visitors to make connections of their own.
This multimedia exhibition illustrates two entwined stories: Joyce during his Paris years and Paris during its Joyce years. How did Joyce—an Irish exile, a devoted family man, a sequestered literary genius—influence the cosmopolitan avant-garde of the Left Bank?
The Rosenbach kicks off its commemoration of Civil War 150 with this exhibition focusing on the war’s causes and earliest days, from the pre-war wrangling over abolition and states’ rights to the bombing of Fort Sumter and the first pitched battles.
Feast your mind on pigeon transmogrified!
Fried Veal and Mutton Kidneys; Fish Balls; Smoked Tongue; Calf’s Head, en Tortue; Omelette with Kidneys, or Pigeon Transmogrified.
Even dead (or un-dead), Dracula has had a long and eventful life. Dracula was originally published in 1897 and has never gone out of print. The Rosenbach preserves Stoker’s extensive notes for the novel; this year’s Dracula installation will highlight a selection of these notes along with examples of later works that have drawn inspiration from the notes and from Stoker’s classic tale of terror.
The Lure and Lore of the American West
The West looms large in the American imagination. A place of limitless possibility, the West was an always-available stage for reinvention and new beginnings. This exhibition draws from across the Rosenbach collections to examine the history and mythos of the West and its cast of characters