The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 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 - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 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.
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Neighborhood: Murray Hill
How to get there
  • 33rd St • 4 min walk
  • Grand Central – 42nd St • 7 min walk
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  • 3000calories
    Buffalo, New York1,507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the fees
    Wow, my kids said they had no idea a library could be so amazing. The art is nice but the aristocratic library rooms are truly incredible. Hardly any crowds. Well air conditioned. Very clean. Nice guards.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Patricia o
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morgan Library. NYC, NY
    I thought there would be more air work on display. There is an impressive dining room. JP Morgan’s office and Rotunda were most impressive. But, Belle da Costa Greene, JP Morgan’s personal librarian’s office was a little disappointing. I had read the historical novel, Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict which prompted my visiting the library.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 12, 2023
  • RoadtripMommy
    163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum with fabulous collections
    The Morgan Library is a wonderful museum with special exhibitions that are self-contained and easy to understand. I would've loved to eaten at their cafe!! I learned a lot about JP Morgan and his collection. The art is very approachable and it is not as overwhelming as the Met. Definitely a must see when visiting NYC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • SteelCityCouple
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil and beautiful - a treasure trove
    A tranquil oasis of history, literature & art. Take your time here and skip the insane lines at the Met. Where else can you leisurely gaze on a genuine Gutenberg bible? The rooms are as magnificent as they look in the photos. Bonus - food at the museum cafe is really good! Great for a hide-away winter lunch.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Shampeu
    Northbrook, Illinois453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved, loved
    Wow what an amazing place! It's way larger than it looks from the outside. We arrived on a Saturday morning and walked right in and got tickets. There was an exhibit of ancient bibles that was fascinating. The architecture of the interior is stunning. The cafe looked inviting- we just didn't have time to stay. I highly recommend visiting this place.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 22, 2024
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,584 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent art collection in a beautiful library
    The library and the study are the main stopping points of the Morgan. For those interest in the history of the book, the museum is a must. We were more interested in the art and the small selection her is exceptional: Fra Angelico, Bosch, Memling and special exhibitions. Don't miss the Sol LeWitt!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,999 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool library
    The Morgan Library and Museum displays the collections of J. P. Morgan. The rotunda and his private libraries are the most impressive, with old historic books, and detailed ceilings. Unfortunately, other than that, I didn’t find the other exhibits to be interesting. I still would recommend a visit though.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2024
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful library
    The main attraction here is the amazing golden library of Pierrepont Morgan, and the adjoining study and rotunda. The library is absolutely breathtaking, and unexpected when you enter from the modern glass entrance. The Morgan also has temporary exhibitions on a variety of subjects and entry to the exhibitions is included in the $25 entrance fee. When I visited the main temporary exhibition was a V&A Beatrix Potter exhibition which I had already seen in London so I actually didn't spend very long here, but I would still recommend seeing the library!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Stephanie D
    Atlanta, Georgia1,425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the time and money!!!
    WOW -- such an amazing place. I thought the tickets were very affordable and the staff was very friendly. The library itself was fascinating and I so enjoyed seeing the original Botticelli. The special exhibit of Beatrix Potter was fascinating and we spent a lot of time in those 2 rooms. The library itself is very well decorated and my friends especially loved having coffee in the cafe and riding the glass elevator. All in all a delightful couple of hours spent wondereing through the library and museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Sandra Kaye-Kja... S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beatix Potter's Exhibit is Amazing & the library is beautiful.
    The Beatrix Potter exhibit is amazing! And then we meandered around the library for a bit, I cannot believe I've been visiting NYC for over 10 years and never been. It's on my list for my next visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2024
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Paul E
New York City, NY96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I'm going through a phase of visiting museums and galleries and decided to attend this venue. Indeed it's a pleasant, small museum almost totally dedicated to J. P. Morgan, so you get what you pay for (except it seemed a bit expensive at $22 per adult. I wouldn't have grumbled at say $10). Anyway, if you are a fan of the man, then 'fill your boots'. I personally thought it was okay, but not great. It was spacious enough to view the exhibits without bumping into others, and had lots of very specific information on Mr Morgan. There was a rather nice canteen for refreshments, or a glass of vino if that is to your taste. However, once is enough. It just didn't have that, what the French say, "I don't know what!"
Written January 8, 2020
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XSki007
New Jersey1,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We are all very fortunate that J.P. Morgan created such an extensive art and rare book collection is such a fabulous home - and it has been preserved for all of us to enjoy it.

The buildings are truly a work of art onto themselves. I recommend taking the free head set as you walk through the premises, wherein you will learn a great deal about the man and all of this art work.
Written February 16, 2020
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GatashMA
Boston, MA102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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John S
New York City, NY10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
Attended a tour of the library in August 2022 with my colleagues 10 years after my first visit alone. I highly recommend that you take the group tour as it really provides necessary context that you can miss on a solo visit.
Our most excellent tour guide Missy provided us a great overview of Mr. Morgan’s intentions, the outstanding work of his original librarian Belle da Costa Greene, as well as the details behind the design and objects of the library itself. The ceiling work, reliefs and frescos are very impressive, and although there are only a few paintings, they are places appropriately and in context. In terms of items on display, I was most impressed with an actual Gutenberg bible, ie one of the first books printed with moveable type. Thanks to Missy and all others who do a great job with this most underrated of public museums in NY - well worth your time.
Written August 12, 2022
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Jodie Gould
New York City66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
"Tourist in My Own City"
Jodie Gould

With the holidays approaching, tourists are making a pilgrimage to the Met, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City. But if you’re looking for a cultural experience that is both festive and quintessentially New York, I recommend the Morgan Library & Museum. It was built in 1906 to house the private collection of tycoon J.P. Morgan. After his death in 1924, it was opened to the public as a museum.

One of its current exhibits on loan from Germany is Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden, which features Jan van Eyck’s Portrait of an Elderly Man (ca. 1435–40), an exceptionally rare drawing by the great Renaissance painter, never before seen in the U.S. Equally notable are works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Mondrian, and others. For your holy fix, see the stunning illuminated sacred manuscripts from the Middle Ages.

Rarely seen on screen, the Morgan Library remains one of the city’s most beloved camera-shy gems. Before you go, stream Netflix’s teen romance Dash & Lily, which is set in New York City at Christmastime. In one of its most memorable scenes, young Dash, who is smitten with Lily but has only corresponded with her through a red notebook placed at various city landmarks, meets his secret admirer at the Morgan Library. There, they spend Christmas Eve night together on an antique sofa. The Morgan does not allow walk-ins, so you need to plan your visit ahead of time. #morganlibrary
Written October 23, 2021
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World Hopper
Toronto, Canada285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you like books this is excellent. While they can't be opened up, you get some impression of the collection and the person. The library and den are lovely. If you're not into books, you don't need to visit. I did rate it as excellent given I like books and some of the architecture. There is a museum section as well and they had two good exhibitions going on which I found interesting. I supposed if you're an art lover, you'd check what was on to make a decision on whether to go or not. I was pleasantly surprised and finally made it here after years and years of visiting NYC.
Written February 11, 2020
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Meander5
Birmingham, AL520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I have been to New York a dozen times and have never heard one person speak a word about this museum. Had it not been for a friend of my wife in Alabama, we would have missed a very interesting place steeped in world history. There are artifacts in this collection dating 2000 before Christ as well as letters penned in Jane Austen’s hand about a boring dinner party in Bathe. They had the charcoal drawings of Sargent on exhibit which were amazing. This is a real glimpse into the gilded age of America and one of the founding capitalists.
Written January 11, 2020
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BlueBottleGirl
Paris, TN68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I went to see the Holbein Exhibit and ended up spending the entire day. The art and architecture drew me back for a second and sometimes third look. In every room, always look up. The artisans were kept busy detailing the interiors, the trim and moulding. The grand finale was obviously Mr Morgan’s actual library that is jaw dropping. I don’t recommend eating at the Bistro. The food was very expensive for what you got and bland in flavor. There are plenty of nice restaurants in the area. The gift shop is full of fun items and books and is located in Mr Morgan’s actual house.
Written July 4, 2022
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Kelly C
Illinois8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is gem of a museum hidden in among more well known attractions. The docent led tour was excellent and provided highlights of the beautifully curated collection of art, sculpture, and the written word. On display: Guttenberg Bible, Original score of Beethoven’s 9th, Letter from Jane Austin to her sister...
Written February 2, 2020
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jescowa
Washington DC28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We purchased tickets online last night for the 10:30 opening. We schlep to the museum in the rain and by 10:35 nobody is to be seen. Turns out, they had abruptly decided to close on account of the weather, though nobody bothered to put a sign up, or better yet, to email ticket holders to inform them BEFORE they headed over in inclement weather. Completely despicable customer service.
Written August 22, 2021
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