Mission Statement

The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates and shares the history and process of human creativity from antiquity to the present day through the preservation, study, and interpretation of a dynamic and growing collection.

About the Morgan
A museum and independent research library located in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum began as the personal library of financier, collector, and cultural benefactor J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913). The Morgan offers the public close encounters with great works of human accomplishment in a setting treasured for its intimate scale and historic significance. Its collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and other works of art comprise a unique record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and the creative process.


Our values express our aspirations for how the Morgan Library & Museum cares for the collection; advances scholarship, inquiry, and knowledge; engages audiences, partners, and the larger community; and collaborates internally as an organization.

Ensuring that our programs, collection, and campus are accessible to the widest possible audience. Welcoming all who visit, study, or work at the Morgan.

Affirming our history and capacity as a museum and research library. Fulfilling our founding purpose while evolving the narratives and perspectives included in the Morgan today and tomorrow.

Approaching our work at the Morgan with curiosity. Engaging our visitors and audiences, exploring new ideas and approaches, and inspiring new scholarship and creative expression.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
Embracing diverse perspectives in all facets of the Morgan and its mission. Committing to the fair and just treatment of all members of our community.

Holding ourselves accountable to our mission and values. Pursuing excellence as a museum and independent research library.

Preserving our collection and campus for future generations. Nurturing our relationships with audiences, constituencies, staff, and volunteers. Investing in our long-term financial sustainability.