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The Morgan Library & Museum

Museums, History Murray Hill
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The Morgan Library & Museum

This Madison Avenue institution began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan and is his artistic gift to the city. Building on the collection Morgan amassed in his lifetime, the museum houses first-rate works on paper, including drawings by Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso; three Gutenberg Bibles; a copy of Frankenstein annotated by Mary Shelley; manuscripts by Dickens, Poe, Twain, Steinbeck and Wilde; sheet music handwritten by Beethoven and Mozart; and an original edition of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol that’s displayed every yuletide. In 2006, a massive renovation and expansion orchestrated by Renzo Piano brought more natural light into the building and doubled the available exhibition space. A theater, Gilder Lehrman Hall, regularly hosts recitals and concerts.


Venue name: The Morgan Library & Museum
Address: 225 Madison Ave
New York

Cross street: at 36th St
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 10:30am–5pm, Fri 10:30am–9pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–6pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 33rd St
Price: $18; seniors, students and children 12–16 $12; children under 12 free. Fri 7–9pm free.
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This museum is what a book lover's dreams are made of. While the Morgan Museum and Library hosts several small curated galleries (including one currently on the work of Emily Dickinson) the real show stopper is the reading room and study. Walls of shelves go from floor to high ceiling, every book is simply gorgeous and an obvious collectors item. It's a true feast for the eyes and not to be missed. There is an admission fee most days, but even on the free nights, the museum is rarely overpacked. 


Very interesting and well curated library/museum. The small size helps you to focus and not be overwhelmed. The original documents are spectacular, and the guides are all very knowledgeable and polite. There are many spaces for quiet, independent work - but I have always found rotating exhibits, the standing collection, the gift shop and cafe have absorbed the time I wanted to spend. A great excursion that's not too far out of the way, and generally not too packed, so it feels like your own.


One of the most exquisite, interesting buildings and museums in New York City, in my opinion. A glimpse into some of the oldest of New York wealth and the lavish collections of a multi-millionaire. The space is entirely peaceful and rarely overcrowded. The perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.