Museum of the week: One of the best NYC museums is also one of the least known. The Rose Museum is tucked inside Carnegie Hall, and it’s FREE to enjoy the photos, programs and musical instruments of world-famous artists who have performed here and recorded albums here.
Displays chronicle the history of the 1881 building, built by Andrew Carnegie and saved from demolition in the 1950s by violinist Isaac Stern. Photos, programs and artifacts of its famous musicians are displayed, from opening night with Tchaikovsky conducting, to more recent performances by The Beach Boys.
Arturo Toscanini’s baton and Benny Goodman’s clarinet share the spotlight with album covers of musical icons who recorded live performances here, including Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte and Duke Ellington. His signature composition, “Take the A Train”, is about the subway that links Harlem (125th St. stop) and Carnegie Hall (59th St. stop).
The Rose Museum is at 154 West 57th St, open daily 11am-4:30pm (closed July 1 to October 1).