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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)
212 930 0800
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Ranked #21 of 851 attractions in New York City
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Type: Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Shopping
Description: Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.
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butler, nj
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This place is a jem. We came across it because someone in our party needed to use a rest room. I spend hours there and plan to go back. The Library is a place for every age, something of everyone. The art work and building is better than some museums. Children and adults will love the Children section of the... More

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San Francisco
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I finally had an opportunity to see the NY library. It was like entering a museum! Loved it! If you have a chance combine it with a coffee or bite to eat at Regent Park, right behind he library.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This attraction was recommended to be by two people before I went; otherwise it would not have made it on to my list. The architecture is pretty good, which was the main reason I went. I had however already seen Grand Central Station, which was amazing and puts this building to shame. Recommend a visit, but only allocation 25mins to... More

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Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Had no idea the NYC library was so gorgeous. What a piece of history. Worth the trip in to see the ceiling!!!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We did the free tour at 11:00 am. It was very informative and allowed us to see the rooms. The guide was very knowledgable and answered questions. You could tell he was passionate about the library and its history. My souvenir - a NYC Library Card! Everyone can sign up for free.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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115 reviews 115 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Words simply do not do this building justice. It is, by far, my favorite building in New York City. The stonework and statues inside and outside are beautiful, they don’t build building with this much character anymore and it’s a shame. While many of the room no longer house book stacks, they are full of computers. You can only imagine... More

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The facade of the building is world famous in its own right, and the interior is just as exceptional; for once in New York, stay on the tourist trail and join one of the free tours. Listening to the history of the marble construction process and how certain letters came to join the collection... it's not for everyone, but a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you are a tourist and have just a few moments, do yourself a favor and walk into the Reading Room at this institution. It will give you an idea of the grand life that was prevalent in NYC when it was built. Outside, on the 42nd Street side, are the best public restrooms in the world, and beautiful Bryant... More

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Madrid, Spain
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great children books exhibition and family library to come for a sit-down and read. Free wifi, friendly attendants.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Certainly worth a visit to walk about inside and look at the internal architecture of this magnificent building. And it's free to get in, which is a bonus.

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