Fodor's Expert Review The Morgan Library & Museum

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The Morgan Library & Museum, Murray Hill, New York City, New York, USA.

The treasures inside this museum and research center, gathered by John Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of New York's wealthiest financiers, are exceptional: medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, old-master drawings and prints, rare books, and autographed literary and musical manuscripts. Some crowning achievements on paper include letters penned by John Keats and Thomas Jefferson; a summary of the theory of relativity in Einstein's own elegant handwriting; three Gutenberg Bibles; drawings by Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Blake, and Rembrandt; the only known manuscript fragment of Milton's Paradise Lost; Thoreau's journals; and original manuscripts and letters by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Pynchon, and many others. The Morgan is known for exquisite changing exhibitions that feature its holdings and related objects and art from other collections.

The library shop is housed within an 1852 Italianate brownstone, once the home of Morgan's son,... READ MORE

The treasures inside this museum and research center, gathered by John Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of New York's wealthiest financiers, are exceptional: medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, old-master drawings and prints, rare books, and autographed literary and musical manuscripts. Some crowning achievements on paper include letters penned by John Keats and Thomas Jefferson; a summary of the theory of relativity in Einstein's own elegant handwriting; three Gutenberg Bibles; drawings by Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Blake, and Rembrandt; the only known manuscript fragment of Milton's Paradise Lost; Thoreau's journals; and original manuscripts and letters by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Thomas Pynchon, and many others. The Morgan is known for exquisite changing exhibitions that feature its holdings and related objects and art from other collections.

The library shop is housed within an 1852 Italianate brownstone, once the home of Morgan's son, J. P. Morgan Jr. Outside on East 36th Street, the sphinx in the right-hand sculpted panel of the original library's facade is rumored to wear the face of architect Charles McKim.

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Quick Facts

225 Madison Ave.
New York, New York  10016, USA

212-685–0008

www.themorgan.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $20 (free Fri. 7–9), Closed Mon.

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