Rosenbach Museum & Library

NUC Symbol: PPRF
2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-732-1600 voice
215-545-7529 fax
Morning session
Afternoon session
10:30 am to 12:30 am
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library was founded upon collections acquired in the first half of the twentieth century by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip, preeminent dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and art. No longer a private library, the Rosenbach is today a public institution serving a broad audience. Since opening to the public in 1954, collections have grown to include 30,000 rare books, 300,000 manuscripts, 20,000 works of art on paper, 500 paintings, and 350 decorative art objects.

The collections are especially strong in Americana, British and American literature, and book illustration, and include treasures noted for extraordinary significance, rarity, and physical condition. Largest among its collections are the papers of Modernist poet Marianne Moore, illustrator Maurice Sendak, and the Rosenbach Company itself.

The Museum and Library are housed in the brothers' elegantly-appointed 19th-century town home, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcomed into a personal world where great collectors lived among their collections. The Rosenbach expanded into the townhouse adjoining it at 2008 Delancey Place to create new storage facilities, a second gallery, and a new reading room. The same project saw the restoration of the original Rosenbach home.