The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures Celebrates Its 2 Millionth Visitor

By NYPL Staff
June 17, 2024
a group of children huddle around a glass display with the original Winnie the Pooh and friends stuffed animals


The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures has just welcomed its two millionth visitor! This free permanent exhibition, which opened in September, 2021, at the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, highlights our world-renowned research collections. With daily attendance up 60% in fiscal year 2024 over the previous year, the word is out that this is the hottest free ticket in town!

At any time, around 250 items from NYPL's expansive archives are on view ranging from manuscripts and artworks, to images and recordings. Items include one of the original, official copies of what would become the Bill of Rights, Virginia Woolf's walking stick, and the stuffed animals that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

“This thrilling milestone is just another testament to the power of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures,” said Anthony W. Marx, President of The New York Public Library. “The free exhibition brings to life some of the most extraordinary items from the Library’s vast collections, inspiring millions to make new connections and expand our understanding of the world and each other. The Polonsky Exhibition perfectly aligns with our mission to bring free access to knowledge for all, and it is a pleasure to see its runaway success.”

Opening June 13 is a new themed section "James Baldwin: Mountain to Fire." Baldwin was a frequent patron of NYPL in his youth, and today his vast archive of personal papers is stewarded by the Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Discover never-before-exhibited literary manuscripts—including draft pages from his early works Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, and The Fire Next Time—alongside other remarkable items from our research collections, presented in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Baldwin's birth.

inside of an exhibition hall with people looking at items on display behind glass


Whether you live in New York City or the surrounding area or are in town for a visit, we look forward to welcoming you through our doors to explore our many treasures. Learn more about The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures and plan your free visit

Unable to visit us in person? You can take a look from home with our digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. A companion book, Treasures of The New York Public Library, is also available through the Library shop.