Pierpont Morgan Library
29 E 36th Street (on Madison Ave.)
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10.30 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10.30 am - 6 pm /
Sunday noon-6 pm
Fee: suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
To get there: take the 6 train to 33rd, walk west to Madison and then north
The Morgan is an experience. As per its name, the Morgan used to be the
home of J. Pierpont Morgan, millionaire financier of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. The Morgan specializes in manuscripts and paper arts
and objects ranging from 9th century Coptic bookbinding to drawings by
Leonardo da Vinci. That is not to say that all their things are that old;
I've just seen these things in the storage rooms (and was nearly
eviscerated by a curator for leaning on the da Vinci when in the
conservation lab- hell, I didn't know what it was). The Morgan usually has
some disparate but interesting exhibitions going on. Call ahead to find out
what old treat is on view.
Commentary by Heather Babb, Monday, January 25, 1998.
|Illustration by Kurt Komoda|