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Peabody Library

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Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
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Address: 17 E Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202-2308
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+1 410-659-8179
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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must-see for book lovers

This place smells like my own personal heaven-old wood floors, old book smell, tier after tier of books and a nice little exhibit outside the main room and the lobby. It's smaller... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place smells like my own personal heaven-old wood floors, old book smell, tier after tier of books and a nice little exhibit outside the main room and the lobby. It's smaller than I expected and for some reason it looked like the stairs going to the upper levels were off-limits to the public but if you're in the Mt... More 

Thank pyrewoman
jacksonville, fl
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All you need is 1 hour and you will never forget this Peabody library . One of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world. Volumes are ancient and interesting. Fines paid to King Henry III in 1260? This is the place to see. Architecture is the main reason to visit.

Thank smileyblueyes
Bruges, Belgium
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175 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

So gorgeous!! This is what the ball room in Beauty and the Beast was modeled after. Has original manuscripts and thousands of books.

Thank Cc B
Bethesda, Maryland
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704 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

Must stop in when in Mount Vernon area. The architecture is just beautiful- the details are amazing. Make sure to check out the library to the right of the reception desk. The is no public restroom, so plan for that. Allow a half hour at least for the library and exhibit.

Thank Sheryl B
New Orleans, Louisiana
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

A beautiful old library. We were lucky enough to see an Edgar Allen Poe exhibit that was on display.

Thank dagmar2004
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Free access, but access is allowed to the Library only. It is located right near historic Mount Vernon! Recommended.

Thank Victoria S
Charleston SC
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2017

The Peabody Library is part of the Peabody Music Institute. The Library has a big room showing the stacks of books and overlooking other Institute buildings. There is a historical museum part with a useful Edgar Allan Poe collection. The Library is in Mt. Vernon near the Walters Museum and a very good walking area.

Thank george579
McMurdo Station Antarctica
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309 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2017

It looks like the numerous photo you have probably come across and there is not much else to see. There was a room with exhibits that seem to change as well. currently a display on EA Poe. the library has limited opening hours for purposes of touristic visits. A visit here will be short though.

Thank Christopher F
Bel Air, Maryland
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017

If you are looking for a great place to have a wedding look no further than the library. Great venue.

Thank cpl0199
Detroit, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

You have seen the photos, so you already know why you need to go. The building is stunning, the staff is so lovely, and the collections on the first floor are really interesting to browse. Also, card catalogs. You guys. It is so nice to see these in action! If you happen to go in the next few weeks check... More 

Thank Elizabeth M

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