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“Gorgeous!”

Boston Public Library
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$35.00*
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 389 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.
Toronto, Canada
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Gorgeous!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

What an amazing building - wish every city had a library like this! Beautiful architecture, with a cute little courtyard in the centre.

Visited June 2013
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St. Paul, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This library is a hidden gem. Take the time to stop in and see this building. We looked around for only about 10 minutes but it was worth it. Wow!

Visited June 2013
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Sainte-Catherine, Quebec, Canada
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“awww libraries!! <3”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Such a pretty place! I simply love librairies... The artwork, the architecture, the high ceilings, books, books and more books!! :)

Visited July 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“don't just walk by and miss seeing the inside...”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Confirming what others have said, this Library is well worth the visit to see its architecture and treasures inside. We took the free tour given by a volunteer who shared her passion and knowledge about the building - strongly recommend for maximum enjoyment & enlightenment. And it offers a nice quiet place to escape the throngs of other tourists and to rest the mind and feet.

Visited June 2013
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“If you are thirsty, make sure you drink before going in here”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I really have no way to truly rate this library (except that it looks nice and grand from the outside) because they wouldn't let us in with iced coffee or water- whatever! How are you supposed to sit and read anything for a substantial amount of time without getting thirsty and sipping on your favorite beverage- truly disappointing!

Visited June 2013
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