Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Pierpont Morgan Library 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.
In 1924 J.P. Morgan gave New York City the amazing gift of his father, Pierpont Morgan’s, private library. Housing an amazing permanent collection of rare books, ancient jewelery, manuscripts and original compositions, the Morgan feels both manageable and filled with treasures. The striking building located on 36th and Madison Avenue, just a short walk northeast of Grand Central Station blends the unique look of a prewar brownstone which was Morgan’s home with the modern starkness of the attached library.
Be sure to check out the letter collection showcasing handwritten letters from Virignia Woolf, JRR Tolkien, John Steinbeck as well as Pucini’s first hand written opera. Pierpont Morgan’s “finest jeweled binding” is also spectacular to see up close. The Morgan continues to collect pieces and their modern art section is growing.
Grab a coffee or a bite to eat at the cafe and enjoy the beauty of the ornate, light filled building. Entrance into the McKim rooms which house the permanent collections is free on Fridays from 7-9, Sunday 4-6 and Tuesday 3-5.
The Morgan Library & Museum and the Morgan Shop are open
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July.
Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
The Morgan will be open on the following Holiday Mondays:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20
Presidents’ Day, February 17
Memorial Day, May 26
Columbus Day, October 13
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016
Nearby Places of Interest:
- Grand Central
* Subject to change