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“A hidden gem in midtown Manhattan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
29 East 36th Street, New York City, NY 10016
(212) 685-0610
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Ranked #27 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Libraries, Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Housed along with the collected books and manuscripts of J. Pierpont Morgan, the Treasures of the Royal Tombs of Ur include beautiful jewelry and trinkets from ancient Sumeria.
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“A hidden gem in midtown Manhattan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

One gets a look at JP Morgans home and collection of art and rare historic documents in a quiet and comfortable smaller museum. 3 Gutenberg bibles are the tip of an iceberg of treasures. Special exhibits keep changing and though small, are always exquisite.

The free tours daily are conducted bupy articulate and passionate experts.
They were noon and 2 pm on my visit day.
5stars in my book!

Visited November 2011
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“Charles Dickens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

We went to the Morgan for the Charles Dickens exhibition and of course all the other wonderful collections in the museum as well. I had seen the movie, Hereafter where Matt Damon was a huge fan of Charles Dickens before we went to the Morgan, what a coincidence. The building itself is beautiful. We went on a rainy, weekday afternoon. Definitely worth a visit if you're a tourist visiting New York City. They have some unique items in their gift shop and also a cafe. It's a very peaceful and quiet respite from the traffic and noise of the city streets. All backpacks have to be checked at the coat check in front.

Visited October 2011
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“Mind Blowing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

What wealth has enabled! How great that its treasures are now open to the public to enjoy! The recently completed restoration is excellent - the whole Museum building and contents magnificent & unimaginable as a private home, whether 1900 or later.

Visited October 2011
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“blend of new and old!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

after several visits to New York, finally got to the Morgan Library and Museum. What a beautiful blend of old and new in architecture! We ate in the cafe which is located in the new wing of the museum, a lightfilled atrium. Here the food and service was fantastic. Visited the museum shop located in the old part of the builiding...beautiful! Then the visit to the original part of the house, the Library, rotunda and the red office room. What wealth and beauty.....and we are privilged to be able to enjoy it. It was a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon in New York. Together with the Frick, the Morgan Library and Museum is a great small treasure to visit and enjoy in a city where large impressive museums are many!

Visited October 2011
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“Great for aficionados of the written word”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

The Morgan Library is a great museum on the smaller side. It will only take you about two hours to go through all the exhibits, and the time is well worth it. The first thing you should do is pick up your FREE audio tour (be sure to ask for it) and head down to the lower level to watch a movie about J.P. Morgan and his library. The movie is not well advertised at the entrance; I randomly found the theatre when looking for a restroom. The highlight of this attraction is of course, the library. I don't think I could write anything to adequately describe how beautiful the architecture and furnishings are. The audio guide is really good at telling you enough without going into too much detail. The manuscripts and letters displayed in the library rotate every 3-4 months, but the same categories (illuminated bibles, music, etc.) are on display, and there is always a Gutenberg Bible. Also, the cylinder seals from the Ancient Near East are not to be missed. The modern additions to the Library contain rotating exhibits from the collection. Your enjoyment of these will be dictated by how interested you are in the content. I loved the exhibit of Charles Dickens' manuscripts and other documents, but was only mildly interested in the other exhibits. The good thing about having rotating exhibits is that there is always a reason to go back.

Visited September 2011
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