My friend and I enjoyed a recent Friday evening at the Morgan Library & Museum. We approached our visit with a seriousness and devotion associated with a religious pilgrimage.
When we entered J.P. Morgan’s study, we felt as if we were invited into a magnificent and different world. Every reader and writer longs for a private study. Most make do with a living room corner or a tiny back room. Not J.P. Morgan.
J.P. Morgan was a collector of rare books and manuscripts and built an enviable private library. His son made it a public institution in 1924.
My friend and I silently marveled at the library’s floor-to-ceiling shelves and beautiful interior design. With this library, Morgan had access to the accumulated knowledge and stories of the world.
Our evening marked my friend’s first encounter with the Morgan Library. I’m confident that he’ll be returning. I know that I will.
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016