The Morgan Library & Museum

Museum, Concert Hall, and Art Gallery
Murray Hill, New York
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  • Guest of a Guest
    Once the private home of Pierpont Morgan, collector and cultural savant during the turn of the century, The Morgan Library now houses a gorgeous collection of early print books and drawings. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 21
  • CNN
    CNNApril 13, 2015
    Built between 1902 and 1906, the library features towering triple tiers of bookcases made of bronze and inlaid Circassian walnut. J.P. Morgan Jr. gave his father's library to the public in 1924. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 21
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 17
    Go on Friday at 7 for free admission. You can see quite a lot in 2 hours, even if you stop for a drink first. There's lovely live music at the café and the apricot mimosa is delicious.
  • John T.
    John TeoMarch 26, 2013
    A beautiful, magical space that transports you far away from the bustle and noise of the world outside. And even more unreal, the guards all greet you cheerfully as you enter each room and exhibition.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    Make sure you check out the secret staircases in the main library! Look for dolphin handles on the bookcases that flank the entrance. If you go during a tour they might open them up for you!
  • Untapped Cities
    he vintage vibe continues with a menu inspired by early 20th-century New York cuisine. Brunch includes a mimosa, brioche French toast, cookies and coffee for $25.50. Read more
  • Em
    EmJanuary 11, 2014
    The library is astonishing; found the 2 hidden staircase behind the secret door bookshelves. Look up at Edgar Allan Poe's iron-designed ceiling room with 650 birds, each one is unique.
  • Jordan T.
    Jordan TaylorAugust 21
    I am so glad that I stumbled across the stunning library and museum. Go on Friday nights, because it's free after 7 pm.
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Teachers College S.
    Founded in 1906 as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, the Morgan now serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site.
  • Chenyu
    ChenyuDecember 28, 2012
    This is truly a gem in midtown - where else can u find yourself in a renaissance-revival library in the middle of busy corp manhattan w original scripts from dickens, Churchill , napoleon, Schubert ?
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Designed by renowned architect Charles McKim, the Italian Renaissance palazzo-style library holds a staggering collection of illuminated books, historical manuscripts, and old master drawings. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    The library itself, formerly J.P. Morgan's library, was completed in 1906. It's three stories high and has hidden staircases tucked behind its bookshelves; alas, visitors can’t actually climb them. Read more
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsFebruary 11, 2013
    A great way to spend a rainy afternoon, come for the vast permanent collection of art, books and historical works, including a gorgeous gem collection. For more, follow us on 4sq or
  • Mal B.
    Mal BoothOctober 12, 2013
    You can use your camera in most parts except special exhibitions. A pity that so many books are now locked away as display pieces. I doubt that many scholars will use them. Books should be read.
    Small yet packed with treasures; we love lingering in Morgan’s study with its impressive floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, eclectic array of curios, & incredible displays of one-of-a-kind literary pieces. Read more
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterFebruary 26, 2013
    The North Room (aka Librarian's Office) is said to be haunted by the original Librarian, Belle de Costa Greene. This and more great info from the Untapped Cities article at:
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 12, 2011
    Get the audio tour and head straight to Morgan’s library. The entire museum can be seen in just a few hours. Afterwards (or prior to) grab a bite to eat in the Dining Room.
  • John S.
    John SApril 9, 2009
    Go after 7 on Friday for free admission & use the $ you saved to buy a very pretty cocktail in the cafe, then enjoy the art, artifacts, and opulent, spacious setting
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Stunning and inspiring old-New-York estate. Admire the ancient seals and vaults of historical volumes. From animals in fiction to A Little Prince, the exhibition topics are also reliably engaging.
  • Martina C.
    Martina CarusoFebruary 5, 2013
    The "Drawing Surrealism" exhibition is highly suggested!! 2 rooms packed of great drawings, collages and books of art. Be sure to check downstairs the making of Renzo Piano's new building.
  • Zeba S.
    Such a vast collection of books! Do visit it to explore its interiors and architecture. Its a book lovers paradise
  • Marina B.
    Marina BuritySeptember 13, 2015
    Beautiful library! Try to do the guided tour and you will learn a lot about the history of this place. Gutenberg's Bible is one of their highlights.
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PritchettDecember 14, 2013
    Go on Fridays from 7-9pm. It's free! And don't forget to pick up a free audio tour; they're an excellent enhancement to this small, yet impressive collection.
  • Tristan L.
    Tristan LouisAugust 23, 2014
    The Morgan is one of those little known gems in Manhattan that thrives on presenting some of the most amazing pieces of written art in the world.
  • Ania B.
    Ania BańczykJune 13, 2015
    One of the three copies of the printed Gutenberg Bible is really worth seeing! They also have Mozart's notes. To be so close to the history is breathtaking.
  • Jade L.
    Jade L.May 13, 2015
    Come here on a Friday evening, get a cocktail and a bite to eat at the cafe, listen to some live classical music, and then check out the library and museum (free entry from 7-9 pm) :)
  • Ali F.
    Ali F.December 2, 2012
    Don't miss the charming exhibit of Beatrix Potter's letters that inspired her Tales of Peter Rabbit and other books. Not only are the drawings a delight, Miss Potter's cheeky wit is a revelation.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusNovember 9, 2011
    Classical music buffs can check out the collection of music manuscripts. It contains notes from all the greats! Review the holdings online and make an appointment for viewing. Read more at MetroFocus. Read more
  • Meli Restaurant
    Meli RestaurantFebruary 19, 2013
    One of New York's great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film. Admission is free on Friday from 7-9pm.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    The Morgan Library is a beautiful example of New York City Gilded Age architecture, with a number of exhibition spaces for rotating art displays.
  • Kira G.
    Kira Garvin LermanSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous permanent, rotating, and traveling exhibits. Some of the rotating items include US treasures such as early drafts of founding documents.
  • Block to Block N.
    Block to Block NYCNovember 14, 2015
    The library is beautiful -- Italian Renaissance architecture. Get into the museum free on Fridays after 7pm.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HamiltonJanuary 19, 2013
    If you're here for a specific exhibit or event don't leave without taking a walk through Morgan's private study and the library. Absolutely astonishing rooms.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonAugust 2, 2015
    Beautiful artifacts and architecture and a lovely cafe make for a delightful couple hours
  • Alexandria P.
    Alexandria PangJanuary 27, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    While the glass elevator ride offers a delightful and brief moment of perspective, the path of stairs often have some interesting artwork
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Small but impressive collection. Some amazing standout pieces. Great surrealist exhibit while we visited. Shitty coat policy, got yelled at for carrying my light jacket and had to wear it. Very odd.
  • Michael F.
    Amazing library, both architecture and collection, superb special exhibitions
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NJanuary 6, 2012
    Book worms should enjoy this place for its manuscripts. $15 entry. Dont forget the free audio guide as the ppl you hand the cash to- dont mention it. If you want lunch - bring a thick wallet...
  • John A.
    John AntosDecember 30, 2014
    Historical landmark in NYC, beautiful structure, Guttenberg Bible, and a sense of what a wealthy financier was like. After Morgan passed away, the Frick bought many pieces to add to their collection.
  • Scottie R.
    Scottie RocheAugust 19, 2012
    Don't miss Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass Einstein on the Beach! Plan your trip with an hour of time to see film screening of Einstein on the Beach: The changing image of opera.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    It's more than a museum, an institution of historical home of Morgan family and well selected exhibits, concerts, talks, films. A great venue for cultural enrichment. It's worth being a member.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Take in in some amazing art and literary exhibits before you take lunch in the tranquil, glass enclosed garden setting with a fantastic menu.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 22, 2014
    In 1924, the Library was opened to the public; the building's interior is perhaps one of the most beautiful spaces in Manhattan. Read more
  • Stacey M.
    Stacey MerrillFebruary 15, 2015
    Permanent collection is free 4-6 on Sunday's. Cafe closes at 4 so show up a few minutes early & enjoy a cuppa or cocktail before exploring
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewOctober 18, 2015
    Check out what exhibits they have before going. This is not going to be a typical museum with a collection that's worth seeing everyday. There are many good special exhibits however
  • Chenyu
    ChenyuAugust 9, 2012
    Wonderful place for lunch . Tuna appetizer was amazing. Try for 20% off . Nice museum too
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica C.June 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places in the city. They have a concert every Friday night when they are open later. A perfect date night.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJanuary 18, 2012
    This museum, research library, music venue, architectural landmark, & historic site is now offering Free Fridays from 7 – 9 p.m. Check out MetroFocus for other free admission days offered by museums Read more
  • Tristan L.
    Tristan LouisAugust 23, 2014
    One of the most impressive art collections in the world, set in a classic Renzo Piano building addition.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissFebruary 12
    Very cool architecture & decor. Museum content is nicely grouped into small compartments. A classy establishment.
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