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“One of best libraries anywhere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library
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$25.00*
and up
Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 371 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
Boston MA
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“One of best libraries anywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Incredible collections, history, maps, books. Get lost in the place, many nooks to explore. New cafe. Often a great temporary exhibition.

Visited December 2012
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Check out the amazing Map Room cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Breakfast at the Map Room cafe is well worth it. Loads to look at including the artisan tiled ceilings. The courtyard is a nice sunny spot if you need some peace & quiet. There's lots of art work to view & the old fashioned reading room is lovely, with students studying at their individual green lights. And it's free!

Visited October 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Beautiful building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Public library is a beautiful historic library. It was the first municiple library in the US I think.
It has a Greco-Roman interior with lovey murals and statues.
You can do tours or wander around youself for free, don't forget to visit the courtyard with the beautiful fountain.
Well worth a visit when in Boston.

Visited October 2012
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best building for books.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

A wonderful building and an experience just to go in and wonder around, even if you don't want a book to read.

Visited September 2012
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Lindsborg, Kansas
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“Wonderful architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

A great, cost free place to visit! The architecture and colors of the building are breathtaking! Stop by!

Visited November 2012
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