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"Morgan Library" Morgan Library Tip by Zmrzlina

Morgan Library, New York City: 9 reviews and 18 photos

When I was in NYC last year, playing tour guide to a former exchange student, his cranky girlfriend and their quiet, but very interesting, friend, the Morgan Library was on the list of places to visit. Not my list, their list. What a pleasant surprise this is! A small library with only two rooms to browse, but an amazing two rooms.

One room is Mr. Pierpont Morgan's study, with high ceiling and all the glory one would expect for a powerful man's study. Lots of dark wood, heavy ornaments and stately paintings. The other room is floor to ceiling books, with some not so stately paintings...more fanciful than serious. This room hold Balzac original manuscripts, pages from Thoreau's journal, three Gutenberg Bibles, Dickens' A Christmas Carol and many more amazing documents, books and music manuscripts. I was in awe that some place so small had so much.

However, the library is now closed for a large expansion project and will not be open until 2006. I wonder if this large expansion will diminish the wonder....

Address: 29 East 36th Street
Phone: (212) 685-0610

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  • Written Jul 24, 2003
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