Thursday, September 20, 2012

Philadelphia: Museums

Sunday was a museum day. I visited the Penn Museum first. The building was really nice and the exhibitions were mostly laid out well. I went to the Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibition and found out that the world will not end in December, phew! I also saw a few mummies and a sphinx, which were awesome!

After, I strolled along some lovely residential streets to the Rosenbach Museum and Library... and fell in love! This museum may be the best thing I've visited in the States yet! It's main attraction is the Maurice Sendak exhibition in which his illustrations and stories are housed in a nice bright room. I've seen the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" but had never read the book, or any book of his. After I saw his charming prints and boundless imagination, I plonked myself down on the comfy couch and read all of Maurice Sendak's books that I could while waiting for the tour. It was perfect!

The tour was so good - the downstairs of the Rosenbach house contains Philip Rosenbach's art collection and shows the house's incredible decor and furniture from the start of the 20th century. The next floor contains Dr. Rosenbach's super impressive book collection, including a first edition manuscript of James Joyce's "Ulysses" and handwritten notes from Bram Stoker's "Dracula"... two notable Irish authors, I may add. I can't recommend this museum enough to anybody slightly interested in books or art, or even someone just looking for an interesting exhibition to attend.

After this amazing experience, I took a stroll through Rittenhouse Square and then had such a tasty dinner at Twenty Manning Grill on South 20th Street.

Seriously, perfectly cooked scallops, nicely wilted spinach and crunchy salted chips... Heaven...

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