What you'll do
Join us on an exclusive visit to the Mayan-inspired, historic headquarters of the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) to explore the unique collections of its extensive library. During our private visit, we'll be guided through the collection by PRS Librarian Kelly Carmena and assistants, who will also grant us access to the famed PRS Special Collections. Joining us will be Mitch Horowitz—author of Occult America and thought leader on mysticism, esoterica, and humankind's search for meaning. Visiting from New York, he'll treat us to a private talk entitled “Literature of the Arcane: Reading as a Transformational Experience.” We will give a brief history and tour of the grounds and leave plenty of time for questions. PRS is dedicated to being a place for learning and for “drawing out” (as in the original sense of “educate”) the wisdom that lies within all traditions and all human beings. It is non-partisan and does not endorse any one particular tradition or person.
Hi, I’m Brooke, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I manage the bookstore at the Philosophical Research Society. We were founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall and we have lectures, an art gallery, author dialogues, a beautiful library, and much more. We are non-denominational, inclusive, and encourage critical thinking and discussion on the many paths to wisdom. We look forward to your visit!
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Where you'll be
The PRS library, designed by renowned architect Robert Stacy-Judd, was built in 1935. Its collection grew book by book, building on the great truths of illuminated thinkers such as Pythagoras, Plato, Buddha, Confucius, Hermes, Aristotle, Jesus and Mohammed—along with other prophets and sages—and featured complementary studies such as alchemy, freemasonry, and all manner of esoteric phenomena.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 30 guests aged 18 and up can attend.
PRS is a historical landmark and as such there is limited ADA access to certain spaces, but we will accommodate you as best we can. Please contact us if you need assistance.
Wisdom Literature Revealed
€42 / personNew experience
€42 / person