Exterior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

  • New York City, New York
  • USA

About the Museum


The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Graham Haber

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Graham Haber

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Graham Haber, Graham Haber

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

Graham Haber

Interior View, The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books and old master drawings and prints. Mr Morgan's library, as it was known in his lifetime, was built between 1902 and 1906 adjacent to his New York residence at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. Majestic in appearance yet intimate in scale, the structure was to reflect the nature and stature of its holdings. The Italian Renaissance-style palazzo features three magnificent rooms epitomizing America's Age of Elegance. In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan's death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), known as Jack, realized that the library had become too important to remain in private hands. In what constituted one of the most momentous cultural gifts in U.S. history, he fulfilled his father's dream of making the library and its treasures available to scholars and the public alike by transforming it into a public institution. Without losing its decidedly domestic feeling, the Morgan has expanded its physical space by adding additional gallery space and a garden court to the campus during the twentieth century. The largest expansion in the Morgan's history was completed in 2006. Designed by Renzo Piano, the project increased exhibition space by more than fifty percent and added important visitor amenities, Piano's design integrates the Morgan's three historical buildings with modestly scaled steel-and-glass pavilions and a central court.The Morgan Library & Museum has continued to acquire rare materials as well as important music manuscripts, early children's books, Americana and materials from the twentieth century, and hosts numerous special exhibitions of materials from the collection as well as new contemporary art each year.

Collection Highlights


A Winged Hero Contesting with a Lion for a Bull, Mesopotamia, Neo-Babylonian period,
A Winged Hero Contesting with a Lion for a Bull, Mesopotamia, Neo-Babylonian period,
Seated Male Youth

Peter Paul Rubens

Seated Male Youth
Biblia Latina

Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust

Biblia Latina
Court School of Charles the Bald (ca. 800), Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall
Court School of Charles the Bald (ca. 800), Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall
Stavelot Triptych, Belgium
Stavelot Triptych, Belgium
The Morgan Library & Museum: Collection Highlights
A Winged Hero Contesting with a Lion for a Bull, Mesopotamia, Neo-Babylonian period,

The Morgan Library & Museum/The Morgan Library & Museum

A Winged Hero Contesting with a Lion for a Bull, Mesopotamia, Neo-Babylonian period,, c.1000-539 BCE
cylinder seal impression
The Morgan Library & Museum
Seated Male Youth

Peter Paul Rubens

Seated Male Youth, c.1614
chalk on paper
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909, The Morgan Library & Museum
Biblia Latina

The Morgan Library & Museum/The Morgan Library & Museum

Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust

Biblia Latina, c.1455
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1896, The Morgan Library & Museum
Court School of Charles the Bald (ca. 800), Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall

The Morgan Library & Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum/The Morgan Library & Museum

Court School of Charles the Bald (ca. 800), Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, c.800
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901, The Morgan Library & Museum
Stavelot Triptych, Belgium

The Morgan Library & Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum

Stavelot Triptych, Belgium, c.1156
wood, copper, silver-gilt, enamel, semi-precious stones
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910, The Morgan Library Museum

Exhibitions


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Treasures from the Vault

10 Jul - 11 Nov 2017
Francisco Goya, Dejalo todo a la probidencia, 1999.22

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection

29 Sep - 7 Jan 2018
MS M.1 cover shot  fore edge 45 degrees    Lindau Gospels (MS M.1).  St. Gall, Switzerland, between 880 and 899.

Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings

3 Nov - 14 Jan 2018
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Views of Rome and Naples: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

15 Aug - 18 Mar 2018
John Leech, Scrooge’s Third Visitor, 2006.21

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas

8 Sep - 7 Jan 2018
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