Open House at The Morgan Library & Museum

Open House at The Morgan Library & Museum

Has it really been 10 years since architect Renzo Piano transformed The Morgan Library & Museum? The Morgan’s most ambitious building project to date added a new entrance on Madison Avenue (shown), increased exhibition space, provided a new performance and lecture hall, and even carved out an educational center for schoolchildren. The Gilbert Court, the soaring central atrium connecting the Morgan’s complex of buildings of various architectural styles, is one of the city’s most fetching and congenial rendezvous spaces. Behind the scenes, the expansion accounted for a new reading room for scholars and state-of-the-art collection storage (the Morgan is renowned for its conservation practices). At the same time, visitor amenities were greatly improved and included two new dining facilities: a formal dining room and a casual dining area in the Gilbert Court.

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Can there be a better excuse to light the birthday candles, toot the party horns and launch three days of FREE events?

On the weekend schedule are live jazz and classical music in the Gilbert Court, video presentations and special docent tours. A Spring Family Fair is to be held on Sunday between 2 and 5 pm. Free general admission, which begins at 7 pm on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, also includes access to the following six must-see exhibitions: “Warhol by the Book,” “Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World,” “Wagner’s ‘Ring’: Forging an Epic,” “Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings,” “Trees: Oil Sketches From the Thaw Collection” and “Treasures From the Vault.”

And, as if all this were not enough, there’s icing on the cake: The celebratory weekend just happens to coincide with the birthday of financier Pierpont Morgan, the museum’s founder and benefactor, who was born April 17, 1837. 

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., at E. 36th St., 212.685.0008, www.themorgan.org