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Boston Public Library

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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
Back Bay
+1 617-859-2216
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Reviewed today

A library with a view and great selection of books. Get coffee and a good book you can sit outside or in beautiful artwork.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed today via mobile

We popped in here on a very cold day and were immediately stunned by this gorgeous building. Looked and felt just how you imagine a “real” library to be.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a spectacular stop you do not want to miss!! It is packed full of beautiful pieces of art, it feels like it belongs at the Vatican with the museums there! There is also a tea room that does afternoon tea. It made for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WanderfulJess
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful spot for coffee and to watch WBUR in action. Located in the Back Bay, this is a great spot to meet and relax when shopping and hanging out with friends.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Where2gonexttime
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved, loved, loved it! We were on the bus and the driver mentioned the art that is housed in the library so we jumped off and went in. So glad we did. From oils to frescos a beautiful courtyard and an amazing reading room this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TexasArmyNurse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

ThIs unique library has many unusual features including a courtyard, many statues, fine art located throughout the building, and outstanding interior architecture and design. The book rooms are worth seeing in addition to study areas, large fireplaces and many other unique features.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank CdnGoldy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The BPL is a magnificent place just to browse the architecture, the Singer Sargent paintings, the historic statues and so much more...but i was introduced the other day to the Children's Library and was so impressed. A great place to bring the young ones. Brightly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank kitman2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place!! So beautiful and so impressive. The architecture is amazing and every room is breath taking. would definitely recommend this place.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an historic library, which should definitely be visited while in Boston. It’s free to enter and browse the extensive number of books. There’s some stunning architecture.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank nickss1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another thing that makes me pine for Boston over San Francisco. Hadn't visited the city in about 15 years and walked into the café after seeing the WBUR broadcast studio in the window. A small thrill to sit close to that. The coffee was very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Marinite2
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heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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Response from ChipCampbell | Reviewed this property |
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 robh386 | 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