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“For those who have seen everything else NYC has to offer”

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 26, 2011

We came to NYC for a short weekend and the TriBeCa Film Festival. As it was raining it gave us a perfect opportunity to check out a museum we haven't visited before and we selected the Morgan Library. I think it was a good choice.

First and foremost, this is a library and they have items on exhibit that you expect to find in a library, namely books. I think the Morgan Library goes for the quality over quantity approach. There isn't a lot on display, however what is packs a lot of punch.

I found the diary exhibit exceptional. Diaries from Einstein, Whitman, Hawthorne, Thoreau and much, much more. We spent most of our time here. Fascinating.

The Pierpont Library itself is a nice glimpse at the well-to-do of a hundred years ago. The stained glass windows are a prize, as is the Gutenberg bible and the numerous other religious texts on display.

Even the small art exhibit was impressive. I don't normally like photography but I was memorized by this exhibit.

Possibly a tad bit pricey, but I would still recommend it.

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Reviewed February 21, 2011

The J.P. Morgan Library is definitely ready for its close-up after $100mil worth of renovations. Morgan's library features perhaps the only jaw-dropping mud room (entrance foyer) you will ever experience and the astonishment only grows as you enter the library proper and Morgan's home office. Morgan acquired perhaps a plurality of the world's greatest treasures (including no less than 3 Gutenberg bibles) and housed them in a relatively small but unparalleled space. The remainder of the clean, airy facility presents lesser but still generally interesting exhibits. While it lacks the scale of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this is still a true New York must see for teenagers on up.

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Reviewed January 1, 2011

Located in midtown Manhattan, the Morgan houses a fabulous collection with seasonal showings that diplay the depth of works in their collection. We saw the original draft of "A Christmas Carol" on our recent December visit, along with Lincoln's notes for the Douglas debate, a Gutenberg Bible, and other fascinating first editions. Curators do an excellent job of putting the works into context, for example, noting that Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in October and it was still able to be published for the upcoming Christmas season.

This museum is "off the radar" compared to other NYC offerings yet provides a glimpse into the rarified beauty and insight of a wealthy collector. Your visit will be short, yet illuminating to curious visitors of all ages.

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Reviewed December 10, 2010

I had not been to the Morgan Library since it added its new wing in 2006, and it finished its renovation of the original library in 2010. The new building is a great addition to the space, making it feel less cramped. The renovated libraries are incredible examples of Gilded Age architecture. I highly recommend the audio tour. I enjoyed just peeking into the stacks and seeing Morgan's collections in there. Various papers and books are on display in the library, including a Gutenberg Bible (the Morgan has 3 of the 50 extant), and this time a letter from Queen Elizabeth I, an original illustration from Alice in Wonderland, and other interesting papers. I also enjoyed seeing the "secret" vault" off of Morgan's office. With the new spaces, the library can host larger, more leisurely exhibits--I visited the Mark Twain exhibit, but there was also a Roy Lichtenstein exhibit and other ones I just did not have time for. The staff also seems to be making a real effort to make the museum and its collections accessible--they had a table where you could sit and be interviewed about your experience in return for a free ticket for your next visit. If you are a NYC history buff or a library-and-manuscript kind of person, this is a great stop.

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Reviewed December 8, 2010

The original Morgan Library is incredible. The new section is stunning. We were there for the Degas exhibit....a real treat. Even the gift shop is good.

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