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Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
+1 215-732-1600
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Excellent collection

We were draw here because it is the repository of the original autograph copy of James Joyce's... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2015
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Heaven for Any Antiquarian Book Enthusiast

I came here for the small, but well-curated Oscar Wilde exhibition, but was wowed by a superb... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2015
Bethesda, Md
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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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  • Average2%
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2008 Delancey St # 2010, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6510
City Center West
+1 215-732-1600
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

We were draw here because it is the repository of the original autograph copy of James Joyce's Ulysses. Overwhelming collection of first editions and many great books are housed here. Very interesting home that is part of the tour. A must for book lovers!

Thank JudyandDave
Reviewed 5 March 2015

I came here for the small, but well-curated Oscar Wilde exhibition, but was wowed by a superb docent-led tour (Martha, I believe?) of the home and personal collection of book dealers Phil and Abe Rosenbach (who helped JP Morgan and other wealthy individuals build their...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This wasn't intended to be a stop on our vacation, but my college-aged son was dying to see a Ulysses manuscript. Parking is a challenge, but we finally found a spot and went inside. I told the woman at the desk that we didn't have...More

1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Having never even head of Dr. Rosenbach, I did not hold much hope for truly enjoying my visit. However, the docent tour, which is included in the $10 admission, really established a good baseline from which to later explore. Bibliophiles will marvel in a wide...More

2  Thank LisaMNewJersey
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Twenty or so years ago, I had been involved in this lovely treasure as a Young Friend. I had always looked forward to returning to show it off to my children and I wasn't disappointed. It has been in good hands. The house itself is...More

1  Thank BBBBTravel
Reviewed 7 May 2014

I've lived in Philly for almost 6 years, and finally made it to the Rosenbach Museum & Library. We had a private tour of the house from Andrew, wow! The house is a perfect period piece of an elegant residence from the 1st half of...More

3  Thank WorthHaving
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

The range of books and manuscripts is surprising for a private collection. There is plenty to ooh and aah at--from early Americana to English classics. We were especially interested in the Alice in Wonderland items, and the pictures of Alice at the house as an...More

1  Thank mbaChapelHill
Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

As a Philadelphia native, I had heard of this museum but had never visited - I took the opportunity when a friend from New York came to town and wanted to see something off the beaten path. The museum/library has several wonderful aspects to its...More

1  Thank LillyFred
Reviewed 4 November 2013

This was the unexpected highlight of a recent visit to Philadelphia. Only wish I had more time so will definitely return.

Thank JaneB68
Reviewed 16 October 2013

A must see for Maurice Sendak fans as well as those who enjoy seeing turn of the century homes. It also has an amazing collection of rare books available for review and research. It's in a nice neighborhood and provides an interesting way to spend...More

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Philadelphia is delightful. Rittenhouse square is the best address in Phili. Have a great trip.