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Philadelphia Sights

Rosenbach Museum and Library

  • 2010 Delancey Pl. Map It

Updated 08/16/2011

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This 1863 three-floor town house and an adjoining building are filled with Persian rugs and 18th-century British, French, and American antiques (plus an entire living room that once belonged to poet Marianne Moore), but the real treasures are the artworks, books, and manuscripts here. Amassed by Philadelphia collectors Philip H. and A. S. W. Rosenbach, the collection includes paintings by Canaletto, Sully, and Lawrence; drawings by Daumier, Fragonard, and Blake; book illustrations

ranging from medieval illuminations to the works of Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are; the only known copy of the first issue of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack; and the library's most famous treasure, the original manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses. The Rosenbach celebrates "Bloomsday" on June 16 with readings from Ulysses by notable Philadelphians. The library has more than 130,000 manuscripts and 30,000 rare books.

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2010 Delancey Pl., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10 adults
  • Tues. and Fri. noon–5, Wed. and Thurs. noon–8, weekends noon–6; guided tours on the hour

Updated 08/16/2011


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Oct 20, 2008

Quite good

The tour shows you the house where the Rosenbachs lived (has some terrific decorative art on site) and temporary exhibits showcasing books from the library's collection. Kind of expensive, but enjoyable.

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Jun 15, 2005

booklovers paradise at the Rosenbach

I enjoyed this museum so much,I became a volunteer

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