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British Library

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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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Description: Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...
Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, special exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.
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The Magna Carta Exhibit is Fantastic

We had an hour and a half to see the magna carta exhibit that is at the British Library through September 2015. It was excellent. I had seen an exhibit at the Houton Museum of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We had an hour and a half to see the magna carta exhibit that is at the British Library through September 2015. It was excellent. I had seen an exhibit at the Houton Museum of Natural Science which was also wonderful, but this was so exciting because it had an American Bill of Rights and several Magna Cartas (tow of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must see - wonderful, original documents, maps, music scores etc etc from all around the world, including the King's Library, donated by mad King George III to the British people...and it's FREE. Located between Euston and Kings Cross stations it is simply superb..a lovely building with clean spacious facilities, nice cafe and great displays and exhibitions. I... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have just visited this exhibition and and was not disappointed. From entering you are immediately caught up this amazing piece of British history. The layout, as usual with the Library exhibits is very well put together. The whole topic absolutely fascinating! To do justice (no pun intended) to this exhibit give yourselves plenty of time. I spent an hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Stunning building holding priceless collection of books and other documentation. And it's free. Just watching the paving slabs outside when it's raining - more ankles get broken here than you could believe !

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Once in a lifetime opportunity to see multiple copies of Magna Carta, but more importantly to trace the history of the development of the rule of law, universal enfranchisement, human rights, parliamentary democracy and so much more that we take for granted in the modern world. Entertaining, fascinating, frustrating, funny, an excellent exhibition that I am so pleased to have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

There are lots of spendid artefacts on show and lots ot read too. It is a real learning experience and there is lots to read too.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I signed up to the library when I was a student at UCL and have been renewing it ever since. Epic book collection, lovely reading rooms and a very welcoming atmosphere.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The library houses many rare books from antiquity and some of them are on display in a room near the main entrance. Another (closer) room has rotating exhibits that you can view for a fee. However, for free you can get to see a bible from the fourth century, Leonardo de Vinci's notebook, and quite a few other books of... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

They have some of the most important historical books and documents on display. Check out the post card display.

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Impressive library, it takes time to see it all. Currently showing the Magna Carta exhibit. Worth visiting if you are an avid reader. As for history buffs, the historic documents and books were spectacular.

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