“Two intriguing exhibitions; one immersive theatrical adventure in investigation; a once-in-a lifetime chance to uncover the art of crime and detection”

The Free Library and the Rosenbach have concurrent exhibits detailing the evolution of detective and crime stories running through September 1st, 2017.  Original manuscripts by Poe (Murder in the Rue Morgue – considered the first detective story – written right here in Philly!):

poe murder

and Stoker (Dracula -at the Rosenbach), plus lots of other artifacts:

Including a mention of the latest Sherlock: (love the Philly connection of this clip!)



Lemony Snickett fan? Listening to the free mobile phone experience GUMSHOE, as you walk from the Free Library to the Rosenbach (.9 miles) gives the experience of living inside a Lemony Snickett novel – with all the cleverness and confusion.  Even if you are not a Snickett fan, the experience is a fun way to explore some little known Philly history (

And the popsicles? The Lil’ Pop Shop & Café (229 S. 20th St.) is right on the walk between the two libraries.  This one was honey lavender.  It was a tough choice between that and spicy Mexican chocolate or fresh blackberry or minty peach…