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“A surprise in every beautiful corner...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Morgan Library & Museum

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.
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“A surprise in every beautiful corner...”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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“A gem of a museum for many reasons”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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central pennsylvania
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“What a wonderful combination of the old and new”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Rhode Island
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“Amazing Collections!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2010

The Morgan Library and Museum looks small but packs a huge amount of collections into their three buildings. My primary purpose was to see the Jane Austen papers exhibit. Though I've read extensively about her life and had seen transcripts of her letters and many of the images online, it was incredible to be able to see them in real life. All the items together put her life into perspective and really made me appreciate her much more. I browsed through some of the other exhibits, but art isn't really my thing. I was interested more in the books in Mr. Morgan's Library and was disappointed to see they were locked in cases and not easy to see. Mr. Morgan's study is a nice exhibit showing what a wealthy gentleman in the early 20th century was interested in. I didn't have a chance to see much more. I did some shopping in the gift shop and found a few items I haven't seen elsewhere. This museum is a hidden treasure!

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“A Highlight of Our Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2010

In a short visit, we viewed exhibits of 18th century French drawings; Puccini manuscripts, programs, and posters; William Blake's art & poetry; and the letters of Jane Austin's circle plus Gillray's cariacatures of the day and more' as well as touring Mr. Morgan's study and library. I admit to skipping the ancient Near East cylinder seals! This is a wonderful place if you can visit when the exhibits interest you, as they are very well presented.

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