The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States.
Today it is a museum, independent research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site.
A century after its founding, the Morgan maintains a unique position in the cultural life of New York City and is considered one of its greatest treasures.
Once a library of financier Pierpont Morgan—now a museum, research library, music venue, architectural landmark, and historic site.
Today, The Morgan Library & Museum is a complex of buildings of differing styles and periods covering half a city block. It began as an intimate palazzo-like structure designed by Charles Follen McKim to serve as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. “Mr. Morgan’s library”, as it became known, was built between 1902 and 1906 to the east of his New York residence at Madison Avenue and 36th Street.
In the years since Morgan’s incorporation as a public institution in 1924, there have been several additions to the original library building. As the collections grew, the Annex was added in 1928, on the site of Morgan’s home. In 1988, the mid-nineteenth-century brownstone on Madison Avenue and 37th Street, where J. P. Morgan, Jr., lived was also added to the complex. A garden court was built in 1991 to unite all three buildings in the complex. A century after the completion of the McKim building, The Morgan Library & Museum unveiled the largest expansion and renovation in its history. The Renzo Piano design integrates the three landmark buildings with three intimately scaled new pavilions constructed of steel-and-glass panels to create an accessible, inviting setting.
The Morgan Library & Museum is so pleased to reopen its doors to the resilient citizens of New York City and beyond with a free opening weekend on September 5 and 6, 2020, and with advanced access for Morgan Members from September 2 to 4, 2020. These past few months have encouraged us to look deep into our collections and programs, and have reaffirmed the value of art and literature as windows into our best selves and our shared humanity.
We look forward to welcoming visitors back to engage with our collections of literature, music, photography, drawing, and more. We are confident that with vigilance, respect, and awareness of the new protocols for navigating the Morgan, we can continue to offer meaningful and uplifting experiences for all who visit as we continue to chart our way during these unprecedented times.
Advanced registration for the Member Preview is now available. All other tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Opening hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm with 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays reserved for Members. I am also pleased to let you know that our popular “Free Fridays” program will continue from 3 pm to 5 pm every Friday afternoon.