The New Morgan Library Is A Young Manhattanite’s Must-See

4 Nov

We love all the major NYC museums—The Whitney, The MoMA, the MET—but sometimes it’s nice to get a dose of culture that’s not so crowded. That sentiment underlines our love for what we think is one of Manhattan’s hidden gems, the Morgan Library and Museum. Feel like you’ve stepped into the House of Mirth or an episode of Gossip Girl at the former library of famed financier Pierpont Morgan, who stuffed the McKim, Mead, & White edifice (often called McKim’s masterpiece) full of rare treasures that recall the Age of Elegance. While the entire structure was modernized back in ’06 thanks to one Renzo Piano, last week the actual inside rooms opened  following a $4.5 million renovation. Visitors can now access Pierpont Morgan’s steel vault, peep his librarian’s private office, and take mental snaps of  treasures like a Gutenberg bible, the oldest known version of Noah’s flood story, and an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Even if you’re not into the historical artifacts, the beyond gorgeous surroundings will have you feeling like Serena Van der Woodsen, circa 1910.

225 Madison Avenue (at East 37th Street); 212-685-0008

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