Historic House Tours
Let one of our expert guides walk you through the Rosenbach brothers’ 19th-century townhouse, including Dr. Rosenbach’s rare book library, Philip Rosenbach’s decorative art collection, and the re-creation of modernist poet Marianne Moore’s Greenwich Village living room. Included in general admission, tours last 50 minutes and are offered every hour and a half. House tours do not run concurrently with Hands-On tours. Advance registration is strongly encouraged for tours of the historic house. Want to learn more? Plan your visit to the Rosenbach here.
Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours
Turn the pages of a rare book, test the weight of a delicate teacup, read from a manuscript: Hands-On Tours allow unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Spend an hour with a knowledgeable guide, getting an in-depth and focused look at a variety of treasures related to a particular theme, such as founding fathers, love letters, Irish authors, and more. Hands-On Tours are offered at 3 p.m. on most Fridays and Sundays. Advance registration is required. To view a schedule of upcoming Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours and purchase tickets check out our event calendar.
The Rosenbach offers five curriculum-based presentations for students. All presentations are appropriate for kindergarten through twelfth grade and can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual students. To arrange tours or presentations for K-12 students, please request a school visit.
At the Rosenbach we have several different group tour options. We always try to accommodate all groups in the best way possible.
- Guided House Tour:
Guided tour of the Rosenbach brothers’ historic house and collections, including access to all current exhibitions. Reservation and payment is required two weeks in advance of tour date. The set fee for guided group tours is $8 for adults and seniors, $5 for students. This option is available for groups of 10 or more; groups smaller than 10 are encouraged to take advantage of our historic house tours, which are offered on the hour during regular hours of operation.
- Curator-led Presentation:
A curator-led presentation for groups with special literary or research interests. This option is ideal for visiting college classes or communities with interest in a specific subject. Fee is dependent upon request, starting at $150 for small groups. Reservation and payment are required three weeks in advance of tour date.
- Combined House Tour and Presentation:
A combination of the above. Fee is dependent upon request, and reservation and payment are required three weeks in advance of tour date.
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