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“Much MoreThan a Library”

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Ranked #39 of 1,120 things to do in New York City
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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 July 30, 2011

There is much to see at the Morgan and it really can take all day. I recently went with a friend hoping to do the morning at the Museum, have lunch and spend the afternoon doing the Rockefeller Center Tour. NO WAY. We arrived at the Museum shortly after it opened. My companion was very interested to see "The Living Word" by Zu Bing, which was on exhibit in the Lobby. She liked it...I was not impressed. Then we picked up the FREE headsets and headed to the Library area which included Rotunda, Pierpont Morgan's Study, the Original Library and Librarians Office. Very impressive. The Audio tour is a must and helps bring to life the charachters of the time when the collection was in process. We were getting hungry so left the museum for lunch only a short block away at Moonstruck on Madison (see review). There is a restaurant in the museum but we needed a break. After lunch we returned to the museum to see the rest of the changing exhibits. I was impressed with "Lists" and "Illuminating Fashion", which will run through Oct 4 and Sept 2 respectively. Check the web site to see what is on exhibit when you are available, It is probably not a place on every visitors list, but if you have the time it is a fascinating study of art, wealth, new york, and a by gone time with lessons for today. It is open until 9 on Fridays so you really can make a full day of it with a break for lunch or dinner if you have the time. If you have a day or even a few hours it is a pretty good deal for $15.00

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We had a great walk over to the Morgan Library and Museum. Very interesting documents, the illuminated manuscripts were great, first editions by names you learned in grade school, Guttenburg bibles, seals and scrolls. One of the most fascinating places I have ever been - plan two to three hours, its well worth the trip. Staff was helpful and the two dolls at the counter should remember me - I showed my i.d. - Abe Lincoln, lol.

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Reviewed June 21, 2011

The other reviewers do a great job of describing the beautiful building and wonderful objects at this library. Be aware, however, that those objects are rotated frequently, so the only object I saw described by the other reviewers was the Gutenberg Bible. Only a few books are on display at a time in the major display area (less than 30) so just enjoy whatever is out that day. Other than the fabulous architecture and the small number of objects from the permanent exhibits, the building has rooms for 4 special exhibitions, so check to see if you are interested in those. (I had hoped to see what other reviewers had seen but they were gone for my visit.)

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

The Morgan Library is an excellent stop on any cultural tour of NYC. The collection is fascinating while the building itself is worth the visit. Make sure and get the free audio tour to really be able to appreciate this unique place.

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Reviewed June 1, 2011

The very rich Morgan father and son bought priceless antiquities, books, and treasures, ensured they were kept in beautiful condition and we now get to enjoy them. The family library where Morgan (the son) gathered his ultra rich buddies in the early 20th century to save the American economy by loaning their private funds to the U.S. Treasury is one room of the building. A Guttenberg Bible, is surrounded by the many volumes the Morgans bought for show and for their own reading. A fabulous visit, great for middle school kids and above-smaller tykes will be bored. Enjoy

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