THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM 225 Madison Ave
J. Pierpont Morgan was most influential financier in US history, once credited with having single-handedly bailed out the federal government from bankruptcy. He was also a voracious collector of rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints and ancient artifacts. What was once his private library has become one of New York’s most important collections of rare antiquities, including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci sketches, symphonies written in Beethoven’s own hand, a manuscript of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and no fewer than three Gutenberg Bibles. The library was originally housed in an annex to Morgan’s personal home on Madison Avenue. Today it covers half a city block, and includes a concert hall, two new restaurants, a reading room and a luminous glass entry hall, plus the completely restored original library rooms. Admission is $18. Hours are Tues - Thurs: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Sat 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sun 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.