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“A Must for Book Lovers”

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Ranked #104 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I had a Living Social offer for the Rosenbach that I bought last October. Last week I realized that the promotional value was about to expire, so we drove into Philadelphia to see what the attraction was all about.

Tours are given on the hour, and the tour is really how one sees the museum and the rooms in the house. Our docent was fantastic! She clearly loved talking about the brothers and their family history. She certainly knew her way around the place and had lots of fascinating stories to tell.

I truly felt part of some bygone era as we went from room to room and then into the library portion itself. The contrast of rare manuscripts from hundreds of years ago with today's ebooks was certainly on my mind.

Our docent told us how if we wanted to see a particular volume, we could call the librarian, make an appointment at no additional charge, and come see the actual book.

The Rosenbach also houses a substantial Maurice Sendak collection on the first floor.

This gem of a museum is located in a beautiful neighborhood, another plus to a visit.

Highly recommended for book lovers!

Thank GreenUnicorn
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

I went to Rosenbach museum last week and did not quite know what to expect.

I soon understood that to see the most interesting parts of the collection one needed to take a guided tour. I was the only person taking the tour and had a great time learning about the Rosenbach brothers, the social and intellectual life on Philadelphia and US, James Joyce's Ulysses manuscript, manuscript collecting, seeing all the great manuscripts and art and antiques.

The tour was great; bur the best thing is that everyone can visit Rosenbach museum and study original manuscripts for free. You only need an appointment.





Thank bjoenn
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is an eclectic collection in a lovely home with fascinating documents, rare books and manuscripts, period furniture and antiques. A haven for scholars and tourists alike.

1  Thank mickeyPhiladelphia
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The brothers Rosenbach were among the leading book collectors and dealers in the 20th century. Their unmatched collection of books, incunabula, manuscripts and art is housed in a beautiful historic brownstone mansion near Rittenhouse Square. For any bibliophile, this is a must stop in Philadelphia. Docents are knowledgeable and helpful, and a variety of tours are available. They are so many treasures here, it is difficult to summarize them. The collection includes the manuscript for Joyce's Ulysses, and Bloomsday is a major celebration each year. Another set of treasures is the key archive of Maurice Sendek's drawings and other materials. If you love books, visit the Rosenbach. It is a jewel.

Thank Martin R
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This intriguing little jewel of a museum on a quiet leafy street in a handsome old brownstone just off historic Rittenhouse Square is heaven on earth for any bibliophile. Avid collectors & scholars, the Rosenbach brothers helped make Philadelphia a cultural capitol & intriguing exhibits from their vast collection, such as a recent one featuring the papers of poet Marianne Moore, satisfy both mind & spirit. Indeed for me, walking thru their elegant third floor library - on a guided tour - was like visiting a shrine. The compact first floor gift shop is chock full of unusual & tasteful souvenirs & gifts for readers of all ages.

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