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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Society PA: Rare Books and Esoterica

Explore the hidden literary wonders of two legendary rare book collections

Spend a winter afternoon delving into the rare, the bizarre, the incredible and the esoteric tomes of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Special Collections Research Center of Temple University!

Join Atlas Obscura and our friends at Something Strange This Way Comes in Philadelphia Saturday, December 13 for a very special appointment with the curators and caretakers of two highly renowned literary collections.  We'll be granted an exclusive showing and have an opportunity to discuss several of the more unique items from each collection - including works on witchcraft, mesmerism, spiritualism, classic horror, the occult and more.

While this event is free of charge, donations to the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University are highly encouraged.


Saturday, December 13; 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Tickets: FREE
Meetup will be outside the main entrance of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, located at 219 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Please arrive on time, our tour will begin promptly at noon.