This institution began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the country’s most esteemed collectors and cultural benefactors. Around 1890, Morgan began collecting illuminated, literary and historical manuscripts; early printed books; and Old Master drawings and prints. Those items would become the foundation of this institution’s collection. The objects are housed in an early 1900s building known during his time as “Mr. Morgan’s library” by Charles McKim of celebrated architectural firm McKim, Mead & White.
In 2006, 75,000 square feet was added to the space by architect Renzo Piano to accommodate its holdings. The collections are divided into drawings and prints, Medieval and Renaissance art, printed books and bindings, literary and historical documents, music manuscripts, and seals and tablets. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible, Mozart’s manuscript of Symphony in D Major, Rubens’s drawing Seated Nude Youth, and a Thoreau manuscript journal entry.
The museum’s exhibitions draw from its rich collection. They have included a showing of drawings by Albrecht Durer, Andrea Palladio drawings, a viewing of the Magna Carta, and Near East stone inscriptions from 2500 BC to 550 BC.
Morgan Library & Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway lines 4, 5, 6 or 7 at Grand Central; the B, D, F, or Q at 42d Street; buses M2, M3, M4, Q32 at 36th Street; and the PATH at 33rd Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Admission: $15; for students, seniors, and children under 16, $10; children under 12 are free (accompanied by an adult); admission free on Friday 7–9 p.m.
- Tours: Free exhibition and historical tours are available each day
- Membership: Introductory membership is $75. Benefits include unlimited free admission, an invitation to one private members’ viewing for a major exhibition and discounts at the Morgan shop.