A HUGE J.R.R. Tolkien Exhibit Is Coming to the U.S., With Original Drawings, Manuscripts, Maps & More!

by SharonKurheg

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” When these words were published in 1937, Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien introduced a brand new world to what would eventually become generations of readers. Whether you’re a fan of the books, the movies or both, if you enjoy of The Hobbit or The Lord of The Rings series, you are going to want to see this – I can almost guarantee it!

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, is an exhibit that will run from January 25th to May 12th at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. It will assemble “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations,” drawing from “the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders.”



The exhibit will include family photos and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Besides the extensive visual exhibit, The Morgan Library & Museum will also host several related programs, including:

Located at 225 Madison Avenue and 36th Street, The Morgan Library & Museum is open:
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is:
  • $20 Adults
  • $13 Seniors (65 and over)
  • $13 Students (with current ID)
  • Free to members and children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

Admission is free on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Joe and I actually visited the Morgan Library and Museum, a NYC and U.S. Historic Landmark, a few years ago. It was founded in 1906 to house the private library of J. P. Morgan, which included manuscripts and printed books, some of them in rare bindings, as well as his collection of prints and drawings. If you’re into huge book collections or big ol’ opulent houses, it’s a nice place to spend a few hours. But above and beyond that, if you’re a Tolkien fan, you might want to make plans to see this – it’s the only U.S. stop for the exhibit and it’s supposed to be huge. Enjoy!

*** All photos © The Tolkien Estate Limited

Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just two or three times a day). Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group, where we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel  articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

Leave a Comment