Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia

#25 of 55 in Museums in Philadelphia
Specialty Museum · Library
The Rosenbach 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.

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  • This place has been a museum since the 1960s although I believe it became open without appointment in the late 1980s but I maybe wrong on that. The museum is in a very nice large townhouse in the...  more »
  • I absolutely love this museum. Highly recommend taking one of their private tours because it reveals so much about the Rosenbachs, how they lived and their fabulous collection. There's nothing else...  more »

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