Hands-On Tour

Love Letters

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections. From the aching yearnings of poet John Keats to the dying wishes of a Civil War solider, the Rosenbach is home to a variety of love letters.

Led by a member of our staff, spend an hour getting up-close and personal with a variety of treasures, including correspondence from Marlene Dietrich to Mercedes DeAcosta and handwritten pages from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

About Hands-on Tours

Created especially for visitors who seek an in-depth and focused look at our collection, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Depending on the tour, you will have the chance to handle historic items, be it by turning the page of a rare book, testing the weight of a delicate teacup, or reading from a manuscript. Click here for a list of all themes and an up-to-date schedule.

Advance Registration

Hands-On Tours are offered almost every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots on each tour and tours without registrants 48 hours in advance will be cancelled.


To purchase via phone, you may call (215) 732-1600, ext. 100.

Drop-in Visitors
Any open spots on a tour will become available to drop-in visitors on a first-come first-served basis at noon on the day of the tour. If you plan to drop-in for a Hands-On Tour, please call (215)732-1600 and dial “0” to confirm that the tour is being offered.


$5 per person (in addition to the cost of general admission).

Hands-On Tours are FREE for Rosenbach members— call or email to reserve your spot: (215) 732-1600, ext. 100 or e-mail [email protected].

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