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The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

A wonderland for lovers of books and antiques

The Rosenbach on the picturesque 2000 block of Delancey Street

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia on the picturesque 2000 block of Delancey Street Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC


150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

October 14, 2015-May 15, 2016

Don’t be late for a whimsical celebration at The Rosenbach in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice Adventures in Wonderland. The Rosenbach’s anniversary exhibition, Down The Rabbit Hole, explores the legacy of the children’s tale and features items from the museum’s fantastic collection including an ultra-rare first edition of Alice from Carroll’s library, his hand-written letters to publisher Alexander MacMillan, original drawings and more.

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Tucked away among the elegant 19th-century town homes near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia houses one of the world’s great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.

A list of some of the treasures amassed by the Rosenbach brothers is amazing in itself – Lewis Carroll’s own copy of Alice in Wonderland, a first edition of Don Quixote, James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript for Ulysses, and the earliest extant letter from George Washington – but the real treat is to see them among the Egyptian statuary, Persian rugs, 18th-century furniture and Thomas Sully paintings that graced the 1860s mansion during the Rosenbachs’ lifetime.

The library has more than 130,000 manuscripts and 30,000 rare books; the museum boasts the largest U.S. collection of miniature portraits painted in oil on metal.


In 1954, after the deaths of the Rosenbach brothers – Dr. A.S.W., a dealer in rare books and manuscripts, and Philip, a dealer of fine arts and antiques – their individual libraries and collections were organized in the doctor’s townhouse. In 2002, the museum expanded into the historic house next door for more research and display space.

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The entire Greenwich Village living room of poet Marianne Moore, complete with photographs of her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers, has been installed here.

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