Private guided tour through the prestigious Morgan Library

The theme of this suite comes to life in one of New York’s most prestigious bibliothecas: The Morgan Library & Museum. The former private library of J.P. Morgan houses countless literary treasures. Only The Chatwal guests receive a docent-led private tour focusing on the highlights of the permanent collection.


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A look at the areas visited on the private guided tour through Morgan Library.

2006 Renzo Piano Expansion

The 2006 expansion was the Morgan’s most ambitious building project in the museum’s history. It included a new entrance on Madison Avenue, greatly increased exhibition space, a new performance hall and a dedicated educational center for school children. It also includes enlarged and modernized scholarly facilities including a new Reading Room, state-of-the-art collection storage, and a variety of visitor amenities, highlighted by two new restaurants. The anniversary weekend coincides with the birthday of Pierpont Morgan, the museum’s founder and benefactor, who was born on April 17, 1837.

1906 McKim Building

In 1902 American financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) chose architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–
1909) of the prominent firm McKim, Mead and White to design a library to house his growing collection of
rare books and manuscripts. Adjacent to Morgan’s home, which stood on the corner of Madison Avenue
and 36th Street, McKim created a majestic structure in a classical style based upon villas of the Italian
Renaissance. The exterior is constructed of Tennessee pink marble, the blocks set with such precision
that virtually no mortar was used. A simple recessed portico is flanked by a pair of stone lionesses.
Completed in 1906, Mr. Morgan’s Library—as it was called for many years—is the historic heart of today’s
Morgan Library & Museum.

The Rotunda

1906 McKim Building

The Rotunda is the dramatic center of the McKim building. Its intricate and elaborately decorated ceiling depicts figures from classical antiquity and the great literary epochs of the past, including Homer, Dante, and Petrarch. The splendor of color and texture is supplied by variegated marble surfaces and columns, mosaic panels and columns of lapis lazuli. On display in the Rotunda are objects from the Morgan’s outstanding collection of Americana, including such great works as autographed letters by Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, a life mask of George Washington, copies of the first Bible printed in America, and the Declaration of Independence

Pierpont Morgan’s Study

1906 McKim Building

The Renaissance-inspired furnishings of the Study, or West Room, and the paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts displayed reveal the breadth of Pierpont Morgan’s interests and activity as a collector. The room, used by Morgan in the early 1900s for personal business, is defined by its sixteenth-century Florentine coffered wooden ceiling, red silk damask wall coverings patterned after the wall in the Roman palace of famed Renaissance banker Agostino Chigi, and fifteenth- to seventeenth-century stained glass fragments embedded into the windows.

Of especial note in the West Room are paintings by Hans Memling, Francesco Francia, Perugino, and Jacopo Tintoretto, a bronze St. John the Baptist after Michelozzo, and a 1530 Verrazano globe—one of the earliest known dated globes. The steel-lined vault in the southeast corner of the room, equipped with a bank vault door and combination lock, is where Pierpont Morgan housed his most valued acquisitions.

Pierpont Morgan’s Library

1906 McKim Building

Pierpont Morgan’s stunning library, also known as the East Room, is defined by thirty-foot walls, lined floor to ceiling with triple tiers of bookcases made of inlaid Circassian walnut and featuring volumes of European literature from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries.

Featured on the decorative ceiling by noted muralist Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858–1928) are cultural luminaries of the past, including Socrates, Galileo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, as well as signs of the zodiac. Above the room’s grand fireplace is a sixteenth-century tapestry depicting the triumph of Avarice, from a series depicting the Seven Deadly Sins. Displayed in the library are some of the Morgan’s finest literary and historical manuscripts, medieval and Renaissance illuminated texts, music manuscripts, printed books and bindings.

North Room

1906 McKim Building

The North Room was once the intimate office of the Morgan’s first director, Belle da Costa Greene. It has been transformed to feature more than 200 of the earliest works in the Morgan’s collection, including objects from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as artifacts from the early medieval period. The two-tiered room also houses a selection of the Morgan’s notable Ancient Near Eastern cylinder seals, dating from around 3500 BC, the earliest known objects to use pictorial symbols to communicate ideas.

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Library Suite

A true escape for the lover of classic literature who enjoys the leisurely art of reading. The elegant one-bedroom suite includes a handpicked collection of literary tomes and masterpieces in its own private library.

A suite living room with a white couch with red and orange pillows, a burgundy chair with an orange blanket, a desk, wall mounted TV, and bookshelf.

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