Library Tours

shelves of large rare books the Rare Book Room

Available Monday through Friday

Visit the finest natural history library and archives in America. Discover some of the most treasured early works of natural history, including an original and complete double elephant folio of John James Audubon's The Birds of America purchased from the author himself. The tour includes the Wolf Rare Books Room, which houses a book from 1527, a chair from Darwin's home, and many other treasures.


  • $35 per person, 8 to 12 participants 
  • $30 member rate. Simply provide your membership number when you make your reservation.

Scheduling Your Tour

To schedule a guided library tour, please contact the Group Sales Office at 215-299-1060 or e-mail us at Group Sales Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9–5 pm.

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