In a time when Kindles, Nooks, and iPads provide literary delight to both children and adults alike, there’s something to be said about holding a good ol’ fashioned book. The dog-earred pages, bits of highlighted text, and the covers that have been used as a coaster one-too-many times and are coffee-ringed just so…timeless, isn’t it? Perhaps this love of books is why I find institutions such as The Morgan Library & Museum integral to not only preserving New York’s history, but also ensuring its future. Located in Midtown Manhattan, The Morgan Library & Museum is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of artistic, literary, and musical works, ranging from ancient times to present day.
Along with the Museum’s permanent collection, they also feature fascinating rotating exhibits, such as Charles Dickens at 200. This exhibit honors the work of literary superstar Charles Dickens (1812-1870). I found it amazing that Dickens wrote over 15,000 surviving letters during his life, 1,500 of which reside at the Morgan. You can even read some of them right here. Featuring manuscripts of his novels and stories, letters, books, photographs, original illustrations and caricatures, this exhibit is not to be missed, and will be on display until February 12th, 2012.
WHERE: The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, New York 10016
TICKETS: Admission is free on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm.
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen