Always on the hunt for new museums to visit and traveling exhibits to see,
I was excited to see the temporary Alice and Wonderland Exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum on display until October! To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Morgan Library & Museum has secured original many transcripts, Lewis Carroll journal entries, letters, photographs, and illustrations including an original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” which Carroll gave as a Christmas present to Alice Liddell in 1864 and which has not left the British Library for America in more than 30 years.
After viewing the exhibit, I continued exploring the rest of the msueum and was in awe of the spectacular collection of old books, gaudy yet beautiful decor including ceiling murals and detailed wall moldings, and an impressive rotating collection art including some drawings by Picasso currently on display. I had no idea the museum was once the private library of the financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), whose son is the famous J.P. Morgan. An avid art collector and cultural benefactor, Pierpont Morgan amassed a unique collection of manuscripts, books, and old master drawings and prints. Upon his death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. opened the house to visiting scholars and the public in 1924 by donating the building as a public institution of New York City– and am I ever so glad he did!
What: Alice in Wonderland 150th Anniversary Celebration
Where: 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016
(short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station)
When: Until October 11, 2015
Why: If you're an Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll fan or a general book lover/ library connoisseur you'll be be mad for this exhibit and museum.