Formerly home to the City’s affluent during the late 1800s and early 1900s, Murray Hill offers plenty to attract those interested in NYC’s dining and nightlife scenes. The neighborhood is also a boon for culture lovers. On these streets, lined with prewar townhouses and Beaux-Arts mansions, you can find the Morgan Library & Museum, gifting the City with an enormous collection of rare books; and the sleek, modernist Scandinavia House, which holds an art gallery and frequent concerts and lectures.
If you're looking for information about science and business, you've come to the right place—this is the largest American library of its kind, with 1.2 million books in the research collection, about 40,000 books in circulation, 110,000 periodicals, an impressive collection of patents and much more.
Inside this lovely, airy space—a fitting homage to the natural simplicity of Scandinavian design—you can walk around the gallery of Scandinavian art, come see classic and cutting-edge movies, live concerts, readings and lectures that celebrate the history and culture of the region, or sign up for a language class in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish; some events are by paid admission.