I am quite fond of museums, especially ones that have interesting things to see yet aren’t too crowded. The Morgan Library & Museum isn’t one of the mainstream museums in the city. It’s much smaller than other museums I’ve visited in Manhattan (the Natural History Museum, MoMA, the Met, and the Guggenheim), but it feels a little more intimate, like I was inducted in a secret society.
There were two rooms I particularly liked in The Morgan. One is the Morgan Study. With fancy, rich brown wood, red silk wallpaper, a grand fireplace and velvet-backed seats around sturdy wooden desks, the reading room feels private yet inviting. I certainly wouldn’t’ mind sinking into one of the plush couches and losing track of time reading a novel. And what’s even cooler about the room is a solid steel vault that was used to secure Morgan’s manuscript collection. The other room that I enjoyed is the original library.
“”With its three-story inlaid walnut bookshelves and magnificent ceiling, the East Room was designed as a treasury for Pierpont Morgan’s remarkable collection of rare printed books. The sixteenth-century Netherlandish tapestry over the mantelpiece depicts avarice, one of the seven deadly sins, personified by the mythological King Midas. Two staircases, concealed behind bookcases, provide access to the balconies.
Yes, secret staircases! Perhaps it was my love of The Secret
Garden as a little girl that continues to keep me intrigued about secret passageways and such, but regardless, I really wanted to climb up one of the secret staircases myself. I also liked being surrounded by so many old, beautiful leather-bound books.
Finally, the limited time exhibition, “”The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives”” was also an exhibit I was looking forward to seeing at The Morgan. The exhibition basically displayed individuals’ personal journals from centuries ago.
The exhibit intro reads, “”For centuries, people have turned to private journals to document their days, sort out creative problems, help them through crises, comfort them in solitude or pain, or preserve their stories for the future. As more and more diarists turn away from the traditional notebook and seek a broader audience through web journals, blogs, and social media, this exhibition explores how and why we document our everyday lives.””
It’s interesting to think about the change in the medium used to jot down ones thoughts throughout the centuries. From handwritten diaries to online journals, personal columns and blogs. My blog is my diary allowing me to share my opinions and adventures, capsuling my memories in the infinite space on the Internet.