Museum & Archives
The House That Music Built

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View part of our collection in Online Exhibits.

“It is probable that this hall will intertwine itself with the history of our country,” said Andrew Carnegie in 1890, when he laid the cornerstone of the what is now Carnegie Hall. He lived to see his words come true: Within 25 years, Carnegie Hall became one of the world’s most important stages—not only for great music, but also for theater, dance, and the exchange of ideas.

Learn more about the artists, politicians, world figures, and more than 50,000 events that make up the history of Carnegie Hall through our interactive timeline. Read more about Carnegie Hall’s history.


The Carnegie Hall Archives document many aspects of the Hall’s history: events in the three halls, construction of the building and its subsequent alterations, and the lives and work of the occupants of the studio towers. The archives consist of 2,500 square feet of documents, including over 114 years of concert programs, promotional fliers and posters, photographs, recordings, and administrative files. Read more.

Rose Museum Current Exhibit:
The Carnegie Hall Debut of Maria Callas
Rarely-seen photographs of Maria Callas's Carnegie Hall debut, taken during the rehearsal and performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s Il Pirata, on January 27, 1959.

154 West 57th Street,
Second floor
Summer Hours:
Closed July 1–September 14
Concert Season Hours:
11 AM–4:30 PM, seven days a week
(Also available evenings to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage concert patrons)

Funded by the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation and opened in 1991, the Rose Museum chronicles Carnegie Hall’s history and exhibits its archival treasures to the public. The permanent exhibit contains a chronology of events from 1891 to the present, a history of the building, and items relating to the many notable figures who have walked through the hall’s doors.