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The Morgan Library & Museum

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The Morgan Library & Museum

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225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York City, NY 10016-3405
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hrobinson1114 wrote a review Jan 13
Hopkinsville, Kentucky1,797 contributions136 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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dustythoughts wrote a review Jun 2020
Manchester, Connecticut1,109 contributions481 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Cork_boy wrote a review May 2020
Cork, Ireland403 contributions179 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry wrote a review Apr 2020
Moscow, Russia481 contributions83 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Brian D wrote a review Mar 2020
Asheville, North Carolina1,763 contributions327 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020