Friday, August 30, 2013

The Morgan Library and Museum

We are talking a walk Madison Ave and East 36th Street to the Morgan Library and Museum. 

John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan (1837-1913) was a great American banker, philanthropist and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. In 1892 Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. After financing the creation of the Federal Steel Company, he merged in 1901 with the Carnegie Steel Company and several other steel and iron businesses, including Consolidated Steel and Wire Company owned by William Edenborn, to form the United States Steel Corporation. He died in Rome, Italy, in 1913, and his fortune went to his son John Pierpont "Jack" Morgan, Jr. He donated his mansion and historic book collections to The Morgan Library and Museum in New York.  
Morgan's original library, on 36th Street, between Madison and Park Ave., was completed in 1906 by the noted architect Charles McKim as a Renaissance-style palazzo of formal elegance and understated grandeur.  
This is part of the original library. It is truly an amazing piece of work and to think this was done in 1906 really blows the mind.  

Sorry for the sun spot here, but had to show you this entrance. I thought it was just beautiful.  
I could imagine sitting out here on a little rocking chair, how fabulous would that be??? 

In 1924, J.P. Morgan, Jr. transformed the library into a public institution in memory of his father. In 1988, his mid-nineteenth century brownstone facing Madison Avenue was added to the complex. 

This is the lovely cafe' which was added in 2006, along with a performance hall, lobby entrance and restaurant along with a gift shop. It is a wonderful place for a bite to eat, they also serve afternoon tea here as well. I did see a person next to me order the tea, and it looked quite delicious.  
The glass elevator is pretty darn cool.  
My lunch which was oh-so-yummy, the Morgan Burger with seasoned fries and some truffle mayo for dipping. ( I didn't dip alot but when I did, my smile was from ear to ear!)  
Photography inside is not allowed, but I sneaked this one( no flash of course) of one of my favorite rooms, The Rotunda. I was speechless walking through this place. It just was so unreal all the work and detail taken into every room. There is also the West Room, Pierpont Morgan's Study / The North Room The Librarian's Office/ The East Room The Original Library. The nice thing too was it was not overly crowded, I was there on a Saturday, and it was so easy to walk around enjoying this piece of artwork. I stared at this ceiling for quite a while. This part of the ceiling was based upon Raphael's design for the Villa Madama in Rome.  
The Morgan Dining Room, where you can savor a fabulous meal in the original Morgan family dining room. A wonderful experience can be enjoyed by all.  
This area was blocked off to the public, but I had to show the classic staircase in white lined with red on the steps. J'adore!! 

This museum is great for anyone who is in love with books, history, architecture, music and the great sites of New York history. I enjoyed walking through the rooms very much, my eyes were amazed at what I was viewing. It really leaves a mark in your mind. 

I am a huge fan of Google and their Google Art Project, where you can feel like you are walking in any museum in the world. Well, the Morgan is available on this site, Google Art Project Morgan Library and Museum, please take a peek and see for yourself. If you are visiting the city and feel you have toured all the landmarks, try The Morgan Library and Museum. I think you will be very pleased at what you find here. They also have a fabulous gift shop, very unique items to bring home to family and friends. I always feel the museum shops give you just that something "extra" than regular stores in any city. 

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 685-0008 
Fax: (212) 481-3484
E-mail Visitor Services
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.
Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

The Morgan will be open on the following Holiday Mondays:
Labor Day, Monday, September 2
Columbus Day, Monday, October 14
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11
$18 Adults
$12 Children (13–16)
$12 Seniors (65 and over)
$12 Students (with current ID)
Free to members and children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)
Admission is free on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission to the McKim rooms is without charge during the following times: Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m to 6 p.m.
Admission is not required to visit the Morgan ShopMorgan Dining Room, and Morgan Café.

*Disclaimer: There has been no monetary compensation for posting this content. Brands mentioned are not affiliates or sponsors of this blog post. The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experiences.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "If you have to ask how much something costs, you can't afford it "          - J.P. Morgan 

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Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

The Morgan Library is one of my favorite places in Manhattan...and I love the area around it too!

Thanks for sharing, Rosemary! xoxo

A Very Sweet Blog said...

It is absolutely gorgeous Rosemary! Thanks for sneaking that pic too. So worth it! :) I didn't know the history behind this. Very interesting. I received the Influenster invite. I joined Influenster my first year starting a blog. They have great samples of products! I just didn't like how I felt obligated to tweet and blog about everything. So I stopped. I miss the free stuff, but not the obligations. Just wanted to explain.

Unknown said...

You covered this library perfectly. Thanks for all the information. I have seen the building before but never been inside. Thank you for the blog visit & comment Rosemary. Hope you were able to pamper yourself with a little shopping.

Happy Labor Day weekend.


Paula said...

Thanks for sharing - definitely a must visit. I'm putting it on the travel list ;-)

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Old Kitty said...

Oooh the google art project is amazing!! Made me want to be there now!

JP Morgan! Well I never knew he also founded a gorgeous museum and library! The original features are so intricate (look at the detail of that balcony!) Glad there are now eating places there too!

Thanks for these fabulous pics! Take care

miss b said...

What a stunning building both inside and out and I especially like the lovely bacony with the ornate railings - beautiful. Your burger looks so tasty too!

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