Past exhibition: Creature Comforts: Collecting Natural History at the Rosenbach

From 09/21/2011 to 01/22/2012

Explore some of the most stunning natural history illustrations in the Rosenbach collections, along with historical documents and decorative arts that document the history of natural history in America.

Past exhibition: Burn This: Censorship,Secrecy,and Survival in the Rosenbach Collections

From 08/10/2011 to 12/11/2011

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.

Past exhibition: Grace Notes

A Sendakian Rhapsody

From 04/06/2011 to 08/07/2011

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.

Past exhibition: Exile Among Expats: James Joyce in Paris

From 02/23/2011 to 08/28/2011

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?

Past exhibition: Elements of Style: Color, Line, and Texture in Maurice Sendak’s Artwork

From 02/09/2011 to 03/20/2011

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.