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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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One of the best libraries in the world

This is "the" library to check out in London, & London has a fair few good libraries. Has some great displays, & often has fascinating displays and events.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I came here to see the Map Exhibition. This was really interesting and I did enjoy it. The exhibition cost additional entry, entrance to the library itself is free. The building is worth exploring and the books displayed in the middle are a great picture opportunity. You can visit other rooms to see original books from history around the world.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is "the" library to check out in London, & London has a fair few good libraries. Has some great displays, & often has fascinating displays and events.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a stunning exhibition. If you have the slightest of interest in maps, then don’t miss it. Like the best of exhibitions, it demands something of the viewer, if it does not challenge you then it has failed. This does not fail, it has been very well curated because the most demanding of your understanding will be offset by... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this exhibition in December 2016. It focuses on the use of maps in the 20th century for the purposes of war and peace, their role for the economy and how the development of maps reflects developments in our perception. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff. Maps of the world exhibition left much to be desired. Not very children friendly generally speaking

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Through until March I think there is a really interesting exhibition of 20th century maps. Everything from German bombing maps to 100 acre wood. Nicely presented with enough background information. Shame it shuts at 5.00 not 6.00.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went for a special exhibit on maps, which was unique. The regular collection is also fascinating, from the original notebooks of the Beatles, to the pencil diary of Sir Robert Scott, from 1912, where he sets forth in some detail, the reasons for the failure of his Antarctic Expedition - all while he is freezing ( and starving )... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love the British Museum and made sure we visited again this November. The museum's free collection has some stunning items and I would recommend it to anyone. They also had a map exhibit which was very good. This is a must-see for bibliophiles!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building. We just wondered around but cannot access the reading room or book shelves. Staff told me there are guided tour from front desk but kids were rush to go so we didn't go.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a really good place if you have to study and need concentration. You can plug in your laptop, sit and have a coffee while you have a productive evening.

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