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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-859-2216
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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 AM - 5:00 PM
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 2 days ago

The free tour on Friday morning was more interesting than we expected. It's an art feast for the eyes. The library hall with it's tables and green lamps looked like a scene out of Harry Potter.

Thank Iwanttoseeit
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Boston Public Library is a "must see" and free to the public. Not a typical library, once you enter the beautiful foyer and see the magnificent marble, it is more like visiting a grand european museum than being in an actual working library. I...More

Thank lovenycSoCal
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped by the library so my daughter could see the Children's library. She didn't want to leave. We didn't have time to stay too long but a great place for children. I loved the outdoor seating in the courtyard. It was too cold to...More

Thank MaryleeJam
Reviewed 5 days ago

Go in by the old main entrance and you will see a hugely impressive building (somewhat similar in our experience to the NY Public Library) and marvel at what the achieved in the 19th century. Be sure to go through to the inner courtyard to...More

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a gorgeous library, worthy of weddings. It was designed by the same architect who did the NYC Library on 42nd, so same lions by the entrance. It has a beautiful and tranquil inner courtyard where free concerts are given in summer. they have...More

Thank Yara T R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting the library is a must! It is for free and worth it. The library js beautiful and packed with history

Thank Gloria G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The decor of the library was lovely. Found the map displays fascinating. Current exhibit was immigrants in Boston.

Thank travelingmom54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this by accident and I’m so glad I did. Not a library but a work of art much like the NYC public library ! I’ll tell everyone who visits Boston to visit here and see the artwork and courtyard!

Thank Kickindajunk02
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed visiting Boston. So much to see and do. The restaurants are fabulous! This museum was great to visit as it is right In the heart of the city and easily accessible.

Thank Liliane530
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is not that impressive outside (for Boston where there are lots of impressive buildings) but inside is magnificent. The murals are superb and the overall interior design exception for the time. The reading rooms are each individual in character and linked with thousands...More

Thank Johno91058
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
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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Jodie S
6 October 2017|
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Response from Troonie1 | Reviewed this property |
Would give it one hour plus. The courtyard is fantastic and you can sit and enjoy, the maps section could easily take another 30 minutes and there are apparently a number of displays. Plus a coffee shop, so the end point... More
27 July 2017|
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Response from LanSluderBelize | Reviewed this property |
Also, in the same complex (different entrance door) is the WGBH public radio station coffee shop and café.
28 September 2015|
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Response from morsequay | Reviewed this property |
We walked via the Boston Common and called for a beer at the bar where "Cheers" was filmed.