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Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
+1 215-732-1600
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Great Find!

Since I visit Philadelphia often I was running out of touristy things to do. I went into the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Great private library in elegant house museum

We took a taxi to this museum thinking we could arrive any time for a self-guided tour, but except... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dobbs Ferry, New York
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The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. With an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts, furniture, and art, the Rosenbach is a museum and world-renowned research library, set within two historic 1865 townhouses, that reflects an age when great collectors lived among their treasures.
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2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
City Center West
+1 215-732-1600
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since I visit Philadelphia often I was running out of touristy things to do. I went into the Rosenbach slightly skeptical of what I would find. What a pleasant surprise! I had no idea the house itself is filled with such treasures and interesting artifacts!...More

Thank kiwiandmolly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a taxi to this museum thinking we could arrive any time for a self-guided tour, but except for a couple of small exhibits, you can only see the museum and library on a guided tour. We had to wait for the next scheduled...More

Thank Dobbstraveler
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

There are three parts to this gem. The exhibits which are constantly rotating but include such rarities as Alice in Wonderland and Barbar James Joyce and Moby Dick. The second part is the old house that the Rosenbach lived in with period pieces and many...More

Thank Frequent001
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Practically or should I say "literally" the only museum open today in Philadelphia. We were the only people on the 2pm tour and very grateful we were too. An amazing house and what a collection of books, manuscripts, book plates, ephemera they have. The furniture...More

Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have lived 15 miles away from Philly for my entire life and never knew about this gem. I wish that the city would promote this museum more. If you love books, or history, or the history of books; this museum is for you! It...More

Thank abura
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I am a bibliophile and book eater of the largest proportions (by my own estimation) so finding this gem near our AirBnB in Rittenhouse last weekend was an absolute delight. We managed to snag an hourly tour and this DID NOT DISAPPOINT. You will not...More

Thank Sasha G
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We found this literary gem in a travel book, and as a literary guru, I couldn't wait. Tours of the residential double townhouse ( one side was owned by author Maurice Sendak) are on the hour, and not knowing this, we arrived just after the...More

Thank metoread2
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a museum and library, you can make an appointment to see and handle the historic manuscripts, of which they have many great ones. There are wonderful hands-on tours that you can buy in addition to your admission ($15 I believe), led by knowledgable...More

Thank Sheridan S
Reviewed 23 May 2016

If you are into literature and/or rare books, this is a must-see. You can go on a tour, but better yet, just give them a call and tell them what books you would like to see and they will customize your visit. First editions from...More

Thank 216LNS
Reviewed 29 December 2015

As a Philadelphian I try to visit or at least know something about everything my wonderful city has to offer, but I put off visiting the Rosenbach until this year. Oh my, why haven't I been here before! What a wonderful small museum. The Rosenbach...More

Thank Gail H
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Pgh W
I will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time this year, and am not familiar with the city at all. Is it a safe walk from the Historical Society of PA at 1300 Locust St. to the Rosenbach? I mean no offense, I just don't know the city and don't want to go somewhere ill-advised. Thank you.
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Response from HONORIA1 | Reviewed this property |
Philadelphia is delightful. Rittenhouse square is the best address in Phili. Have a great trip.