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“Maybe "small" for a museum - but amazing collection!”

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Ranked #40 of 1,139 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 August 11, 2013

I live in NYC and had never made it to see this place, it took a friend from out of town who was visiting to get me to go here and it was amazing. The original part of the library is a part of american history which shows how a very small percentage of Americans lived during the turn of the century in the "Gilded Age"

The new galleries had an interesting assortment of collections for show, one of them being Mathew Barney, whose work I would never think of pairing off with the antiquities in the museum/library - but it was all really interesting.

The gift/book store is worth visiting, and the cafe is nice too (they also have a fancier restaurant but we didn't try that). If you've seen all the major museums in the city - without a doubt, come and check this one out!

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is an amazing museum. Surprising exhibits. Beautifully preserved library with amazing books, and architecture. Don't miss it. Letters on display written by Einstein, illuminated texts from the Middle Ages, an amazing mix of treasures.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The Morgan Library and Museum is simply amazing. For those who love books, art and interested in rare manuscripts it’s definitely the places to visit in New York. Library rooms are beautiful with frescoes on ceilings, wonderful works of art (my favorite – Tintoretto); Renaissance paintings, Egyptian art, Chinese porcelains. But most priceless are glass cases with rare literary and musical manuscripts. It was quite unbelievable to see Verdi handwriting, Guttenberg Bible and many other relics.
Highly recommend to visit!

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Morgan Library & Museum is located on Madison Avenue between East 36th and East 37th Streets (a few blocks northeast of the Empire State Building). There are several doors on the building but the main door and entrance is on Madison Avenue. Admission is $12 but you can get in free on Friday nights (7-9 PM) – although that will not be the most exciting way to spend a Friday night in NYC. In addition you can have lunch at the Morgan Café that is in the building (but I did not eat there).

The Morgan Library & Museum began in the 1890s as the private collection of the famous American financier Pierpont Morgan. Morgan was a voracious collector and amassed a large collection of historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. In 1924 J. P. Morgan, Jr. gave his father's extraordinary library and collection to the public.

The Morgan Library & Museum is not one of Manhattans “A” attractions but is worth a visit if you have the time or on an extended trip to NYC. I thought this place was interesting and definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed just visiting the study and the library of one of the richest and greatest businessmen of all time (his actual desk is still there). Most of the art objects in the room are from his personal collection. Some of the highlights are George Washington’s living face mask, a Gutenberg bible and the secret vault where the more expensive items were stored.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Went to the Morgan Library and Museum on a lark and was greatly impressed. There are several different kinds of exhibits there, now. We particularly enjoyed the Old Masters and the Medieval manuscripts. The massive two-floor, torn-paper sculpture in the foyer is also interesting. Our favorite rooms, though, were Morgan's library with the floor-to-ceiling glass and wood book shelves, ornately carved and painted ceilings, and massive walls. The rooms exude wealth and sophistication. Admission is $18 and includes an audio tour and a docent tour.

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