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“Wonderful museum off beaten track” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum
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USD 35.00*
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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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful museum off beaten track”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

This is a great little museum. We went on a Friday night - and found that between 7pm-9pm on Fridays entrance is free (cafe and shop still open).

Gets 4 stars because there was a function on that night meaning we missed info like the audio guide and video as all stewards at front desk were pre-occupied.

However, this is a fantastic little museum, and the displays were wonderful. Don't get your hopes up of seeing a particular piece, but every cabinet was a treasure trove of famous names from literature and music. Also the staff in the galleries were incredibly knowledgeable and full of interesting pieces of information - well worth taking the time to talk to them.

Visited March 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Outstanding Exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

From illustrated children’s classics, to unpublished writings of great authors, the Morgan always has a fresh take on all things related to writing. The recently restored personal library of J.P. Morgan is reminiscent of the finest of Florence, Italy. Highly recommended.

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Bronx, New York
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“Nice Afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

Smallish museum, big on history and uniqueness. Terrific theater for film and lectured presentations.

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Seal Beach, California
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“A must for every New York trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

I'm a museum junkie, and this one is very nearly at the top of my Manhattan list. While I do love the Metropolitan Museum of Art, very often the scope of the exhibits there is too great, too exhaustive, especially for someone who reads, as I do, every single word of the interpretive material. It's sometimes difficult to get a clear overview with so much material presented. The Morgan, in contrast, has exhibits much smaller, and often accompanied by a timeline, so you can more easily place the art and artifacts in historical context. This was especially striking earlier in 2011, when both museums mentioned had exhibits of drawings from the time of the French Revolution, with many of the same artists represented in both.

There's a film available on the lower floor, with an overview of the life of J.P. Morgan, not to be missed.

If you're really lucky, you'll be visiting on a day when there's lunch served on the main floor -- I especially recommend the soup and sanwich combination -- good food, well-prepared. As to the more formal dining room, personal opinion here -- the ceiling's too low, the tables too close together (though no more so than most Manhattan restaurants, to be fair) -- if you're at all a claustrophobe, you will not be happy.

I consider the Morgan a must-visit every time I go to Manhattan, which is at least twice-yearly.

Visited October 2011
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Massachusetts
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“Glorious space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

With obvious pride in their work, the staff at the Morgan was friendly and helpful, and the exhibits were beautifully designed. We were advised to watch the 15 minute film about Pierpont Morgan, and it was worth taking in. The gift shop is amazing. We loved our visit to see In the Company of Animals (pages from the manuscript collection are always a thrill), but also enjoyed Dan Flavin and Rembrandt's World. A great place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited March 2012
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