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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 #24 of 861 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit if you have an spare hour or so. The building itself is grand and beautiful - I wish I was able to just chill in the reading room with a good book but it wasn't open! Free WiFI is always a plus.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an amazing building to visit, it is beautiful. It free to walk around and look. If you have kids, they also have a good kids area. There is a big park you also should walk through when you are there.

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Bartow, Florida, USA
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The New York Public Library is a wonderful museum. It took my husband by surprise. He wanted to go visit there because of the movie Ghostbuster. I wanted to go there to see the famous study area. The Baptist scene from the Ghostbuster movie wasn’t there and the famous study area was close because a roof caves in so they... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stopped here while walking uptown. the main building will be a very familiar sight for Tv and movie fans alike. the iconic lions outside are nice and definitely worth a visit while in New York

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Porto, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Never have I imagined that a library could be a a landmark. The building is amazing and the reading rooms as well, for several times I have felt like I was strolling around a Disney movie set. Too bad the Rose Main reading room was closed, we felt like we missed the highlight. I was always worried I'd be disturbing... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I went here to search for information as I was doing family research it was a fab expereince waling inside this building it was just how I remembered from previous visits, still clean, well maintained. I was able to get information I needed which made the visit worth while. I then had a quiet walk around the park. I hope... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Visited in October 14 - the entrance areas are very impressive but the main attraction of the reading rooms are shut for refurbishment - not sure when they reopen

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is where Carrie an Big we going to get married. It is a really beautiful building. nice to go check out on a stroll, it's right next to Bryant park which is also really nice to sit and chill on the grass

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Just walking in these hallowed halls and sitting quietly in a reading room made the trip for me. The library is immaculate and well maintained. Stop in after strolling around Bryant Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Hadn't planned on going, glad we did! wonderful building, interesting tour. Tour I think is held daily at 11:00 am, takes about an hour. The docent who gave our tour was spectacular, you could tell she loved, her work!!

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