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Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia
(4.4/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located within two 19th-century townhouses at 2008 and 2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia. The historic houses contain the collections and treasures of Philip Rosenbach and his younger brother Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach. The brothers owned the Rosenbach Company which became the preeminent dealer of rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts during the first half of the 20th century. Dr. Rosenbach in particular was seminal in the rare book world, helping to build libraries such as the Widener Library at Harvard, The Huntington Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2013, the Rosenbach became a subsidiary of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, but maintains its own board and operates independently of the public library system.The Rosenbach documents a panorama of American and European culture through its vast historical, literary and artistic treasures.State historical markerOn April 2, 2008, the Rosenbach Museum & Library received an official State Historical Marker by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in recognition of the lasting contributions of museum co-founder, Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach. The commission commemorated Dr. Rosenbach’s legacy as one of America’s greatest rare book dealers and his lasting contributions to Philadelphia and beyond with a marker in front of the museum, located at 2008-2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
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  • 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 additio...  more »
  • 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 you...  more »
  • 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 befor...  more »
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  • Took the tour. The docent was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The third floor, stuffed with first editions was the highlight of our time there. Another item of note was a vellum proclamation from Charles the Second on the first floor. One of the items in that declaration was that women's parts in plays should be performed by women instead of boys, neat! We'll be back!
  • This place is awesome as others have noted, this is a hidden gem. Just saw Oscar Wilde exhibit. Loved it. Always do an excellent job mounting exhibits. Annual Bloomsday not to be missed.
  • A hidden gem, and worth a trip if you appreciate literature and the written word. Also got to see the Maurice Sendak _Where the Wild Things Are_ exhibit, with early sketches and drafts, and a standout in the regular collection is the first edition of _Alice Adventures in Wonderland_ by Lewis Carroll.
  • Oh a hidden gem in Philly. Especially appealing to fans of Maurice Sendak, and other old and rare books and manuscripts.
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