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New York Public Library: Tours & Tickets

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Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
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Reviewed yesterday

Yes the library is great. Thousands and thousands of titles. Millions and millions of pieces of information. But I'm here as a visitor to N Y and I have little time. I'm here to see the original Pooh. Christopher Robin, AAMilne. Just a small glass...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marilyn W
Reviewed yesterday

I didnt really know what to expect but was suitably impressed well organised clean tidy staff well informed and a good souvenir shop

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank justin19597777
Reviewed yesterday

The New York Library on 5th Ave has been in dozens of movies. Once you visit you will see it at the cinema again and again. The building is exceptionally beautiful inside and out. The Reading rooms are spacious and serene. The art collection is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ketchdoc
Reviewed yesterday

Worth a visit to see the awesome reading rooms. The ceilings alone are worth seeing. Very friendly staff.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Crow68American1
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free to visit, spent a few hours here, lots to educate yourself with and if you are a movie fan, plenty of famous spots to take a look at! The nice staff at the information point will tell you where those locations are.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank teabag33
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately the iconic lions were being restored so were hidden with boards. The front facade was as stunning as I expected. There is a small security and bag check when you enter. The entrance is beautiful and took my breath away. It’s a case of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Dori-79
Reviewed 3 days ago

Only saw the outside - but it was beautiful on the outside, and well maintained. The flowers and surrounding grounds really soften a hard but very beautiful concrete wall.. Wish we has have has more time to explore.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Karen C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent about 45 minutes visiting this sight. It is big and the study/work areas are lovely. If you need to rest your tourist weary feet this is a good place to sit. If you get a chance take the free guided tours as you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MB1769
Reviewed 5 days ago

a lovely large building on the outside and when I decided to have a quick nosey, it's definitely worth having a good look round in this attractive building which has been looked after

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank dgraham76
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous facility. Great rainy day activity but not much to do. Missed the tour @ 11. Disappointed that they had the lions completely blocked from view for restoration.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Brian A
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420gilliank
April 25, 2019|
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Response from O7834IWlaurat | Reviewed this property |
When the library is closed for any holiday, all of it is closed. Independence Day is a very important holiday for us, so it makes sense for the library to close early on the eve of the holiday.
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ideepakc
March 28, 2019|
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Response from kchild1234 | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about 2 hours. They have you arrive 30 minutes early, but we stood around until time to go. There are a set amount of tickets, so they do fill, but being there early didn't really affect that. It was... More
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travelismypassion
December 21, 2018|
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Response from jenkatja | Reviewed this property |
There is an entire room dedicated to children’s books, often with its own exhibits that are relate to to children- when I was there in October it was the original Winnie the Pooh. Many kids all over of many ages
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