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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NYC Today - Visiting the Morgan Library and Museum

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Charles Dickens exhibit at Morgan Library & Museum 

Hands down, one of the most underrated museums in New York City is the Morgan Library and Museum on Madison Avenue.

Built over a hundred years ago as a private library for John Pierpoint Morgan (with a name like that, you know HE was in the 1%), the museum was recently renovated and completely devoted to the written word and printed works. Their collection houses everything from original Da Vinci drawings to authentic hand-written lyrics from Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind”, to first printings and manuscripts from just about every American author you can imagine. 

A great reason to visit now is the Charles Dickens at 200 temporary exhibit. The Morgan Library and Museum salutes Dickens as the “first true literary superstar”. His scope of work was vast—far beyond A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. Stop on by to celebrate the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth in 1812 with manuscripts of his novels and stories, letters, books, photographs, original illustrations, and caricatures. The Morgan can brag about keeping the biggest collection of Dickens manuscripts and letters anywhere in the USA.  

There are events through February. Tonight, The Morgan hosts the lecture "Endless Fertility": The Comic Art of Charles Dickens at 6:30 PM.  Highbrow? Perhaps. Entertaining and Educational? Certainly. Comfortable Chairs? Probably.

When: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
Where: The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Avenue at 37th Street. (212) 685-0008
Cost:  $15, $10 for Children, Students and Seniors.
Category: Museum, Lecture, Exhibits, A Seriously Amazing Museum No One Talks About
Good For: Site Seeing, Education, History Buffs, Museum Folk

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