The Morgan Library & Museum

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The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Libraries
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Morgan is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music, one of New York's great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Murray Hill
How to get there
  • 33rd St • 4 min walk
  • Grand Central – 42nd St • 7 min walk
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4.5
2,028 reviews
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63
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Galina G
San Jose, CA15 contributions
Fantastic!
Jun 2021
Not a lot of tourist are aware of this fairly small library. If you are a history and art lover, it is a definite must. Please do not neglect the audio tour, it is full of wonderful insights into a life, art and books collected by J. P. Morgan.
Written June 8, 2021
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LAfromMA
Boston, MA5 contributions
Spend your time at better NYC museums
Apr 2021 • Solo
Tickets must be purchased in advance and online. The museum imposes an additional fee for this requirement. I was really interested to see the literary and historical manuscripts. Upon arrival I was told most of that collection is in archives. I feel I paid admission to see things that the website implied were available, which were not available. For a library, there is mostly art works and archeological artifacts.
Written April 21, 2021
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BBBBTravel
Lehigh Valley, PA1,307 contributions
Awe Inspiring
Apr 2021 • Couples
I have been lucky enuf to have been to some of the greatest libraries in the world. This competes. The setting and the collection were really sublime. Well presented.
Written April 9, 2021
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hrobinson1114
Hopkinsville, KY2,254 contributions
More obscure and a must see
Jan 2021
I’ve read that this is considered one of the more obscure museums is NYC. But it is definitely unique and worth a trip!

This was the library/compound of magnate JP Morgan, built at the beginning of the 20th century. Morgan was a collector of art from all time periods, even the 11-1300s. He even collected original cuneiform tablets with the epics inscribed on them (currently on display). Throughout the library and his study, art from all around the world, from multiple centuries is displayed. Original works by Mozart and the Bronte sisters are also on display. You can also learn about the head librarian, who was black, and the influential role she played on this collection and library science.

There are three levels. The middle level is the impressive library, study, and rotunda, which you have to see to truly appreciate. The bottom level has the history of the collection and library as well as that of the Morgan family.

The second level also has two art galleries with rotating exhibits. Today I saw an exhibit on David Hockney that I really enjoyed. Very clean, bright, and well laid out.

On the third floor there is also exhibit space. Today it held work by Betye Saar, a prominent black female artist and sculptor. This was probably my favorite. Poignant, and though her work spans decades, still so relevant.

There are many, many museums in NYC, but this one is worthy of attention. You won’t see anything else like it.
Written January 13, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,237 contributions
Bibliophile Haven
Aug 2019
This gorgeous library/museum is absolutely stunning. It houses several rare manuscripts, like the Morgan Bible and an early Dickens manuscript of A Christmas Carol, as well as a large collection of European artwork, maps, and music (including signed scores by Beethoven and Mozart, among others). The Classic Revivalist building itself is also breathtaking. They also have temporary exhibits, which are always worth a visit, and they occasionally give live concerts. Sometimes, I love coming here just to soak in the architecture and the serene bibliophile haven of the place.
Written June 9, 2020
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Cork_boy
Cork, Ireland400 contributions
Immaculate library
Jan 2020
We only visited here to see the JRR Tolkien exhibition, which was absolutely fabulous! The original paintings and drawings of scenes, figures and maps of his works of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and others are on display.

It was very crowded and a 20 min wait to get into the exhibit, but it was certainly more then worth waiting.
Written May 7, 2020
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia480 contributions
Lovely private collection
Nov 2019 • Solo
Very beautiful museum that started as a private collection. It presents paintings, sculptures, photos, opera costumes and folios, books and many other fascinating objects. Library interiors are astonishing. What a great present for NYC citizens and visitors!
Written April 5, 2020
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,772 contributions
Loved it.
Mar 2020
What a beautiful library! If you have some extra time while in New York you should visit. It is stunning and offers the opportunity to take some great photos.
Written March 16, 2020
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notesbymint
Maryland177 contributions
Atmosphere and literature
Mar 2020
I visited The Morgan with my spouse as part of my library tour. It is a beautiful, immaculate place with lots to take in. There are rooms with artwork and Mr. Morgan's library and study with rare books and writings. There is a cafe area for refreshment, but I was busy visiting the art exhibits and reading the titles of all the books through the protective caging. The architecture is also immaculate and like nothing I have ever seen. The atmosphere is quiet, tranquil, dim lighting, soft chatter. A quiet place to explore literary history and discover artistic works.
I would recommend literature lovers, or just admirers of anything artistic, to make a stop here.
Written March 10, 2020
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Julia H
7 contributions
Little visited gem
Feb 2020
Morgan built himself an opulent library that is now open to the public. The rooms themselves are amazing, and the collection extensive. The detail on seals that he collected is so fine that they require blown up photos to be visible. Special collections on the upper floor add to the interest.
Written March 7, 2020
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