The Morgan Library And Museum
The mission of The Morgan Library & Museum is to preserve, build, study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity.
A global institution focused on the European and American traditions, the Morgan houses one of the world's foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art. These holdings, which represent the legacy of Pierpont Morgan and numerous later benefactors, comprise a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process.
The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates creativity and the imagination, with the conviction that meaningful engagement with literature, music, history, and art enriches lives, opens minds, and deepens understanding.
One of my favorite pieces in the library's permanent collection is its trove of Babylonian cuneiform cylinder seals. The clay seals are tiny but take a moment and look at a few with a magnifying glass - the designs are intricate and usher you into the ancient mythologies and daily practices of the ancient Mesopotamian cultures. Very cool. :-)
If you love books, you will most likely really like this library. Yes, there are art exhibits, but for me the library was the star of the show. Nowhere else have I found such a beautiful tribute to reading and scholarship as this library. It felt like a really special place just to sit and be in awe.
Beautiful, airy museum in a great location. Staff were friendly. It's quite a small museum, and the library and study are only open at certain times on certain days (4-6 pm on Sundays, for example) and those are the highlights. You can visit just those for free, or pay (13$ seniors and students, 20$ adults) for the full experience. There's currently a great exhibition on Thoreau, but aside from the study, library, and that one exhibit, the rest was a bit boring to me--I think it's geared more toward elderly people, because that was the majority of the population at the museum. The library itself is utterly magnificent. Loved it. In hindsight would visit just the library and study on a free day.
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Don't miss it! Super beautiful indeed. By the time I stepped into the library and the museum, I know it worth my 3 hours time to look closer at the collections, the interior designs and the stories. Piernot Morgan surely had a great taste of rarities and beautiful objects. Make sure you come here while visiting NYC. The fee is USD 20 but it really is worth a visit. Spend at least 1.5 hours here and you can go straight to library then the museum. Personal and no-flash photography is allowed, except for certain objects and artworks that have been clearly indicated. They have the cafe as well, and the Morgan Dining Room. The food is nice, I had my lunch here and it's super! Don't miss the gift shop as well :)
I am a mild architectural nerd and the library was amazing. Grab the free audio guide it added immensely to the experience. The gallery exhibits that happen to be there during my visit didn't speak to me but that's true for any place.