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New York Public Library

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Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number: 212 930 0800
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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
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Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...

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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Always Worth A Visit! Absolutely Stunning!

What a magnificent building! Such stunning ceilings, floors, lighting & grand entrance. So much to explore in different rooms. Interesting to read of the increase in underground... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a magnificent building! Such stunning ceilings, floors, lighting & grand entrance. So much to explore in different rooms. Interesting to read of the increase in underground storage under the adjacent Bryant Park. So good to see so many visitors at this splendid edifice.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Another beautiful New York building, and a free place to enter and spend your time. On the 5th Avenue, look out for the trees outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In a recent visit to NYC, I popped into the NY Public Library to see the Hamilton exhibit, since I could not get seats to the theatrical show. It was fantastic! I also enjoyed a lovely snack in the cafe and encountered the friendliest cashier in the gift shop!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The entire building is gorgeous. The reading room was closed when I was there which was a disappointment, but lots of other beautiful details throughout... Well worth a visit for those who like architecture and historical buildings.

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Redmond, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tried to do a 2pm tour today (8/28) just to find the library locked and no staff present. There were several other tourists waiting by the main entrance for the tour. Nobody knew why the tour didn't happen. Tried calling the library and the automatic recording didn't say anything about the closure. Their web site also didn't have any closure... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A grand yet free building to wander about. Lots of interesting rooms and impressive architecture. Worth popping in.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to just see the historical site and the building. We also viewed the Alexander Hamilton exhibition because it was open when we went there. It was very small, but interesting.

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Brooklyn,NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The history you feel when walking in should suffice, but their collections, internet support, historic records and maps, tours, special talks and events, etc.... make it truly worth a visit or 5.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The library is part of NY, part of the cinema history and a place invites you to study, read, think, discover...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

well worth a visit for the views (rooms) - lovely library to look around, the art and the walls, ceilings are amazing - we loved it

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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