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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.

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