Private Tour of the Coller Rare Book Room - Atlas Obscura
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New York, NY

Private Tour of the Coller Rare Book Room

Join us for a look at some of the 32,000 rare books contained at the New York Academy of Medicine Library.

The beautiful neo-romanesque New York Academy of Medicine building on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street houses a significant collection of rare books and manuscripts in the history of medicine and related fields. The evening will begin with a visit to the Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory, where conservator Erin Albritton will talk about the repair and preservation of our collections. A visit to the Coller Rare Book Reading Room, where curator Arlene Shaner will share some of the significant books and artifacts from the collection, will follow. The tour will highlight items from various areas of interest, including cookery, botanicals, voyages of discovery and anatomy.


  • The Academy of Medicine is located at 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY, 10029. The entrance is on 103rd Street.
  • It is easily accessible by train: take the 6 to 103rd Street.
  • We will be meeting in the lobby.
  • No flash photograpy.
  • Parcels or bags larger than 12" high and 12" wide and 2" deep will have to be checked.