Rose Museum

For other uses, see Rose Art Museum.

The Rose Museum, located on the second floor of Manhattan's Carnegie Hall at 154 West 57th Street, is a small museum dedicated to the history of Carnegie Hall. The museum, which opened in 1991, was funded by the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation and includes more than 2,500 feet of archives and more than a century of concert programs. The plan when the museum opened was to supplement its permanent collection with a series of rotating exhibits.[1] The museum also focuses on the Hall's uncertain future following the growth of Lincoln Center and the sale of Carnegie Hall in the late 1950s[2] leading to the campaign preservation spearheaded by Isaac Stern and New York City's purchase of the Hall in 1960 for a sum of $5 million as well as its being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[3][4]

Past exhibits have included: Tchaikovsky, in honor of his trip to New York City for the opening of Carnegie Hall;[1] Marian Anderson, the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera;[5][6] George and Ira Gershwin, in honor of the centennial of George's birth;[7] and one on Leonard Bernstein,[8] among others. The museum's collection also includes a number of items of interest to music lovers: a program from the Vienna Philharmonic's debut concert on March 28, 1842, a ring owned by Beethoven, a pair of Johannes Brahms's eyeglasses, one of Richard Strauss notebooks, which contained sketches of Danube, an unfinished poem[1] as well as one of Benny Goodman's clarinets[2] and one of Toscanini's batons.[9] It also includes a sequinned jacket owned and worn by Judy Garland[10] and the trowel used in laying the cornerstone of Carnegie Hall.[9]


  1. 1 2 3 Alan Kozinn (1992-02-08). "Music Notes; Composers Orchestra Defies the Conventional". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. 1 2 Ward, Candace (2000). New York City Museum Guide. Courier Dover Publications. p. 58. ISBN 0486410005.
  3. Hughes, Carl; Amber Johnson; Kate Penner (2007). Let's Go New York City. Macmillan. p. 185. ISBN 0312360878.
  4. "Carnegie Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-09.
  5. Patricia O'Haire (1997-01-17). "Winter in the City at Carnegie". The Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  6. Allan Kozinn (1997-03-01). "Spirituals for a Symbol of Triumph". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  7. "Centennial Swing: Let the Drums Roll Out, Let the Trumpets Blare". The New York Times. 1998-09-18. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  8. James R. Oestreich (1993-11-14). "CLASSICAL MUSIC; When the Big Break Came for Bernstein, He Was Not a Bit Shy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  9. 1 2 Egginton, Jane; Nick O'Donnell (2007). New York Walks. Globe Pequot. p. 54. ISBN 0762741627.
  10. Camille Paglia (1998-06-14). "Judy Garland as a Force of Nature". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-26.

Coordinates: 40°45′54.42″N 73°58′47.7″W / 40.7651167°N 73.979917°W / 40.7651167; -73.979917

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