By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: When I was little girl I could recall visiting the Morgan Library in New York City. Our son will be taking us on a short trip to New York and I was wondering what kind of exhibits we could expect to see. We’re not sure on the dates yet but it’ll be either early next month or in the spring.

A: The Morgan Library and Museum is the treasure chest of millionaire financier John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan. His vast collection of rare books, original manuscripts, drawings and personal writings were first put on display back in 1906 when the esteemed Morgan Library first opened its doors.

Since then the site has undergone several expansion projects with the building’s largest renovation project completed last spring. Today when you walk through the doors expect to see a dramatic entrance off Madison Avenue, a new Reading Room, and new and renovated galleries.

The vast priceless collection includes Einstein’s personally penned summary of the theory of relativity, three Gutenberg Bibles, and the only known manuscript fragment of Milton's Paradise Lost among many more rare finds.

Starting January 26 through May 6, 2007 the Morgan Library and Museum will showcase a fascinating exhibition entitled Victorian Bestsellers. This show promises to explore the rise of this cultural phenomenon through original manuscripts, first editions, cheap trade publications, and other materials drawn from the Morgan’s renowned literary collections.

Titles on display will include a first edition copy of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin penned in 1852. The book stirred up so much controversy that it could not be printed fast enough. Also watch out for works by Dickens and Trollope. Be sure to view novels such as Oliver Twist and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Starting January 18 through April 8, 2007, the temporary exhibition, Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings will be on display.

Drawn entirely from a private collection, the show spans the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries and includes works by Italian, French, British, Dutch and German artists.

The Morgan Library and Museum is located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street.
Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 pm.
Otherwise admission is US$12 for adults, US$8 for students, seniors 65 and over and children under 16.
Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free.


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