"In 1991, the Rose Museum opened as part of Carnegie Hall's 100th anniversary celebration. Located on the First Tier level of Carnegie Hall, the Museum houses special temporary exhibitions as well as a display of the permanent collection drawn from the Carnegie Hall Archives.
Documenting more than a century of musical history connected with the Hall, the permanent collection of the Rose Museum features signed photographs, letters, musical quotes from the artists of the day, and Carnegie Hall archival material, from programs to unique memorabilia.
More than 300 items recall the concerts, lectures, and other events that have appeared onstage at the Hall, along with the history of the building itself up through the 1986 renovation. Also on view are materials related to notable tenants of the studios above the stage, including Leonard Bernstein and Marlon Brando. From the silver trowel with which Mrs. Andrew Carnegie laid the cornerstone in 1890, to batons of Toscanini and von Karajan, Benny Goodman's clarinet, and an autographed program of the Beatles' landmark 1964 concert at the Hall, the display suggests the changing tides of American musical and social history."