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New York Public Library

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Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number:
+1 212-930-0800
Today
10:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Description:

Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...

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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not only big but beautiful

definitely worth dropping by but particularly at 13;00 when there is a free one hour tour. the special exhibitions - usually announced in big banners in front - are fascinating.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

definitely worth dropping by but particularly at 13;00 when there is a free one hour tour. the special exhibitions - usually announced in big banners in front - are fascinating.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't plan on visiting here on our first trip to NYC, but after two friends told us it's a "must see", we decided to fit it into our busy schedule and we are so glad we did! We stopped by and walked around this beautiful place for about 45 minutes before it closed. It's breathtakingly beautiful! It is probably... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the moment you walk in until the time you leave this classic old building, which is home to literature and arts for the masses, is a must for visitors to NYC.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting building to walk around - the décor and architecture are interesting in their own right, but if your are a movie buff - its more fun - checking out locations!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Other than the beauty of the building itself, inside you can't really see much. Most if the areas are closed to the public. No really old works on display. Really disappointed in the availability of content. I would skip wasting your time there. Go to grand central instead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my favorite free thing to do in NYC, but then again libraries always make me happy. You don't have to be a book lover to appreciate the architecture of this place. When we went they also had exhibits on Hamilton ( in honor of the the musical) and Winnie-the- Pooh. It's a great place to take the kids... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The children's room is incredible. You can enter it easily by using the 42nd Street side entrance. It is massive and the women who work there are happy to help with suggestions.

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Brooklyn. NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The modern world boasts five great libraries: The Lilbrary of Congress in Washington, The British Library in London, the Lenin Library in Moscow, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and, of course, the NYPL, which is by far the most accessible. Anyone with ID (a driver's license or passport will suffice) can visit the catalog room and request one or more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another must see! Wander the beautiful halls and see the awesome Rose Room. Free entry with the usual bag checks. The gift shop has some quirky souvenirs. The Christmas tree was wonderful and a great photo opportunity.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great building, guided tours are best as they get you in areas not always open to the general public. Some artwork of notable interest.

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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