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Boston Public Library

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-859-2216
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Reviewed yesterday

Stunning building, I wanted to just get a book and sit here all day. Take some time to explore this stunning landmark.

Thank shay4654
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful exterior & interiors. Massive, impressive and historic. This visit to the public library was on our son's list to see. I am so glad we did!

Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 4 days ago

This library is spectacular! Our tour guide was so informative and helpful, I was in a boot cast and had to use a wheelchair and he was so great in helping me navigate the clueless crowds and challenges. Highly recommend this library!

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 5 days ago

The architecture, murals and serenity of the old buildings was wonderful. The courtyard garden was beautifully tended. A beautiful building!

Thank SarahB1957
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful architecture and fantastic paintings of American History. Many photo opportunities along with the explanation of the wonderful artworks on display.

Thank lovethesights
Reviewed 6 days ago

The building is amazing, steeped with history. Books galore on every subject you can thing of, plenty or ready spaces. restaurant serves an excellent afternoon tea (must book)

Thank 1dirham
Reviewed 1 week ago

This classic library has a some of the best mural's you will see in the US, Artists like John Singer Sargent, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Plus it is an excellent reference library. But we were just visiting the city and very...More

Thank Fred W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally made it inside and this is vast library and I cant tell how many things are going on inside this building. Really and true compliment to the city of Boston

Thank stevielatphoto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly beautiful library. Wonderful fascade, and internal courtyard. The your was quick (1hr), free and informative regarding the beautiful architecture and murals and is a must (I mean its free! Why not). Well worth a quick look even if you can't make the tour,...More

Thank AbbyRL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a flying visit to the Library but it was full of fantastic paintings and frescoes. Well worth an hour out of your day for a visit.

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Plan on Parking in a Garage.
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One is able to access Wi-Fi as a Guest.
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Response from Rob H | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the general consensus. It's so easy to make your own way round, see it all and use the info available to enrich your visit. I'm sure the tours add, but the flexibility of going wherever and whenever you want... More