One month from today, the New York Public Library will be launching its first ever permanent exhibition. Treasures will offer rotating highlights from the NYPL’s collection of 56 million items spanning 4,000 years of history.
For more than 125 years, The New York Public Library has collected, preserved, and made accessible the world’s knowledge. Now, for the first time, the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in our collections, inspiring and empowering visitors to discover, learn, and create new knowledge—today and in the years ahead.
Located at the iconic 5th Avenue main library Schwarzman Building, the NYPL’s Treasures Exhibition, opening on September 24, will offer a permanent, in-person, and free look at the Library’s treasures, featuring over 250 items. Exhibits will rotate over time and the ongoing show will aim to “spark further thought, curiosity, investigation, and research.”
Visitors will be able to view items such as Charles Dickens’ cat’s paw letter opener, an original copy of the Bill of Rights; manuscripts of classic works by Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X; the original dolls owned by the real-life Christopher Robin that inspired the Winnie The Pooh stories; Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Declaration of Independence; and many of old photos, historical documents, and artwork.