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Review of The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street and 911 Memorial
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Morgan is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music, one of New York's great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film.
Greenfield MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Like stepping back in time...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

In 1924, J.P. Morgan gave his personal library to the city; and what a library! You don't need to be a rare book buff (although you will be amazed if you are) to enjoy the library. They have spaces for current exhibitions, and they have restored Mr. Morgan's original library and the public is now allowed to step inside. It's really and truly a treat.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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“If you like books, architecture, history, power and money...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

…go to this extraordinary place. The modern addition is terrific but the heart of the place is J. P. Morgan's library built in 1906. It is usually uncrowded. The cafe is not bad. Their temporary exhibitions are generally small gems. It's not Hearst Castle in any way but there is a still a sense of that Citizen Kane 'Xanadu'… 'I'm going to collect everything' worldview. Fascinating. Been going for over twenty years. Never disappoints.

Visited April 2014
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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“Great "hidden" gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We went to see a specific exhibit, but would recommend a visit to see what ever is showing. We didn't get to the actual library, but will visit that next time.

Visited April 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Fantastic collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Wow. Wonderful collection of ancient, medievil, and renaissance art, books and letters not to mention the fantastic McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece. The library and study of the great J. Pierpont Morgan is an amazing look into the wealth of a leading gilded age family. The displays are clearly described (English only), but the audio headset is a great addition or for anyone that doesn't read English well. My only suggestion for improvement is that the staff could be a bit more friendly and outgoing to assist.

Visited April 2014
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Fresno, California
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“good for a change of pace in the city”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

I've seen just about every touristy attraction in NYC when I visit my family there, so it was nice to find a new place to visit on my 6th trip to NYC. The Morgan was quiet and free of crowds, but I didn't feel that warm and friendly vibe at all. I felt like I was being watched, and not like the docents were there to enhance my experience. Do try to research the exhibitions on their website before visiting; if the selection doesn't intrigue you, you may want to think twice about visiting. If you've seen almost everything NYC has to offer, enjoy quiet spaces, and love literature and history, you'll likely get the most out of this museum.

Visited April 2014
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