Now I knew I had to come to the New York Public Library as it appears in the Ghostbusters movie….but that aside, I had no idea how fantastic this library was. Having just celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, the library is fronted by its two marble lions ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ as you walk through the spectacular building that was designed in the same Beaux-Arts style as Grand Central Station. The entire library is like a museum and an art gallery all rolled into one with the Rose Reading Room on the third floor with its original Carre and Hastings lamps and the spectacular mural in the McGraw Rotunda.
As I was busy spending most of my time looking up, apparently I missed a few major things. There are original writings from John Keats, and located in a glass case in the children’s area on the ground floor are the original Winnie the Pooh doll, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, and Roo owned by the real Christopher Robin whose father A.A Milne bought for him and later wrote tales about in 1925 (which I’ve now visited, see pics below). As part of their 100 year exhibition you can see the Guttenberg Bible: The first major book published with movable type created in 1452-1455, a draft of the Declaration of Independence hand written by Thomas Jefferson, music written by Ludwig van Beethoven, a handwritten letter by George Washington, the first published copy of the Star Spangled Banner, Charles Dickens personal copy of David Copperfield (with hand written notes) and letter opener and the original illustrations for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). If you miss these items, they do own 50 million items so keep checking their rotating displays on the Ground floor.
New York Public Library, 5th Ave & 42nd St New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)