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Boston Public Library: Tours & Tickets

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On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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Reviewed yesterday

We ducked in here during a rain shower. We were really impressed by the interior marble work and murals throughout the 3 floors we visited. While we only "visited" to stay dry it turned out to be a place worth seeing---no matter the weather.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Allegany
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fabulous art and architecture in the state's oldest library. Located near Boston Commons and convenient to everything.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Pat D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a fabulous guided tour of the maps room. The number, age of some of them and the care preserving the maps was amazing. The guide was informative and knowledgeable. So many different maps, learned so much

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank L7153NIsharona
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Be part of every library scene you’ve ever seen in a US movie by visiting this beautiful museum. The reading room made famous by many movies is peaceful as is the courtyard with fountain. Get a book sit down and take in this architecturally amazing...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Karl L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was not a planned visit but I am so glad we came across it! Amazing architecture, murals, and decor. A very peaceful place to visit and stay a while.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank hmcyoung
Reviewed 6 days ago

A museum in its own right, this library has murals, wood work, frescos that is historic and inspiring. A wonderful visit

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Gabriella3546
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have the time, definitely attend a free tour (check the web site for times) as you will learn so much about the history of the library, its construction, the architect, the sculptures and sculptors, the painting and painters, the various types of marble...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Brian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't beat a free tour, and it's quite interesting learning about the Boston Public Library, it's past and how it has grown. Seeing the Bates Hall and the grand staircase are worth checking out with or without a tour. It's so impressive for a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 4theluvofwine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wandered in here after passing it on the Duck Tour, the inside is truly stunning and even for a European who is used to visiting stunning buildings this is a real wow. A library may not be everyone's natural choice for a visit but...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank stephenlQ2069LP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Like reading the story depicted in the stained glass windows of churches, these two huge (as encompassing a whole floor) mural compilations/collections by Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent captivated our attention for inordinate amounts of time. Abbey's murals tell the tale of the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Randie A
August 8, 2019|
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Response from jamaplus | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Sunday afternoon at 1pm. It seemed that many people arrived for the 1pm seating. The cost was about $48.00 per person. The dining room was beautiful. I am not sure what other days are offered. The tea included... More
June 2, 2019|
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Response from tkeslertk | Reviewed this property |
There is a tea room but when we were there it had been rented for a private event.
December 15, 2018|
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Response from Hussam S | Reviewed this property |
No, It's Free Admission but Check the working Hours putting in the glass of outer Gate, Change from day to day, Notice: 1- I think, This information is applying for all Public Library in USA. 2- I saw this question only now.