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New York Public Library

Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212 930 0800
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Ranked #18 of 616 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Shopping
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner 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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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

What an amazing, special place this is. I only spent about three hours here due to our overwhelming agenda. There is a lot more to see here. Take the time to check out a book & enjoy a quiet moment under this beautiful, detailed library. There is absolutely no need for a tour. Roam around quietly with a smile on... More 

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MANCHESTER
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Had to see this as my wife is a fan of the film even more impressive than the film wonderful library and building.

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Wiltshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Free to go in. Initially tricky to navigate around and work out which room is which. Some of it is closed on a Sunday. Part of the main library was closed for refurb or something so we didn't get to see everything we wanted to.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The New York Public Library is just beautiful, outside and inside. The architecture outside and the famous lions are a sight to behold. It just gets better when you go inside. There is so much to see and they always have great exhibits going on throughout the library. Every time I go, I never feel like I have enough time... More 

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The building is beautiful and I wish I had taken more time to explore. We were on our way somewhere else and just stopped in beacuse I'd never been. We did however, find the Winnie the Pooh collection of the original plush toys that the story was based on. These were on display in the children's book section and were... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area (and most likely you will be if you visit New York), you should take some time to go visit the Library. During my visit they had an exposition on WW I, with a lot of nice stuff and pictures like uncle sam.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately the main reading room , which was the main draw for me, is currently closed for renovations.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Went in the library and to my disapointment I just saw books behind a glass on a below floor. Not sure if I got lost and didn't see them but when asked they just told me they did not have any for the public.

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New York City, New York, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You cannot fail but to feel something for this building. You don't need to be a student of anything but it ranks up there alongside Grand Central as just something to admire.

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syracuse ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped in here on the way to Bryant Park. The building is spectacular, but the main reading room was closed to my disappointment. They did have a wonderful exhibit on the prints of JMW Turner and Thomas Moran that was worth the visit.

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