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“One of best libraries anywhere”

Boston Public Library
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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.
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.

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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!

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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.

Thank lindakthomas
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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.

Thank BobHFilmEditor
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

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

Thank Shane R
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