Past exhibition: The Civil War Begins

From 12/15/2010 to 07/17/2011

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.

Past exhibition: A Taste of History

Feast your mind on pigeon transmogrified!

From 11/10/2010 to 01/31/2011

Fried Veal and Mutton Kidneys; Fish Balls; Smoked Tongue; Calf’s Head, en Tortue; Omelette with Kidneys, or Pigeon Transmogrified.


From 09/08/2010 to 10/31/2010

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.

Past exhibition: Westward Ho!

The Lure and Lore of the American West

From 08/04/2010 to 11/28/2010

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

Past exhibition: Dreadful Things Happen

The Brothers Grimm and Maurice Sendak

From 07/02/2010 to 11/07/2010

For nearly two hundred years, the brothers Grimm have been associated with classic folktales. Maurice Sendak has been an admirer of those stories all his life. From his 1973 illustrations for The Juniper Tree to his costume designs for Hansel and Gretel in 1996, Sendak has grappled with the mix of funny, cruel, and ancient elements that mingle in stories by the Grimms.

Past exhibition: A Taste for Ulysses

From 06/02/2010 to 06/27/2010

Don’t miss this year’s Bloomsday exhibition! A Taste for Ulysses celebrates centrality of food, feasting, and fine (and unfine) dining in Ulysses.

Past exhibition: Friend or Faux

Imitation and Invention, from Innocent to Fraudulent

From 11/11/2009 to 07/11/2010

“Friend or Faux: Imitation and Invention from Innocent to Fraudulent” explores the notion of authenticity across a range of periods and media, looking at objects ranging from innocent copies made as family mementos to illegal forgeries intended to deceive.

Past exhibition: And it’s Still Hot!

Where the Wild Things Are

From 09/30/2009 to 10/25/2009

Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has enchanted tens of millions of people since it was first published in 1963. This exhibition presents Sendak’s original watercolors, preliminary drawings, and manuscripts for the book along with posters, advertisements, and toys that show the continued impact of Max and the Wild Things on pop culture, and prove that Sendak’s story is still hot after almost half a century.

Past exhibition: Too Many Thoughts to Chew

A Sendak Stew

From 09/23/2009 to 01/17/2010

Dig in to this exhibition all about food, eating, and being eaten in the illustrations of Maurice Sendak. It presents original artwork from 20 Sendak books that show how food brings families together, helps kids forge new friendships, and nourishes us emotionally and intellectually.

Past exhibition: Moore Adventures in Wonderland

From 09/23/2009 to 06/06/2010

Inspired by the Rosenbach’s extensive Lewis Carroll and Marianne Moore collections and the whimsical qualities of the exhibition space, Sue Johnson’s installation creates a poetic archive and a hyper-visual experience of Alice Through the Looking Glass.