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New York Public Library

Open Now: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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
+1 212-930-0800
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Reviewed yesterday

The absolute must-see in NYC for us was the Public Library. My daughter is a children's librarian and we are voracious readers. We were not disappointed. From the inviting steps 'between the lions' to a lovely outdoor area to relax and read, then into the...More

Thank ShelleyG33
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a beautiful and palatial institution. This library is a magnificent example of Beaux-Arts architecture and opened in 1911. Astor Hall, the lobby has white marble covering every inch of this magnificent space. It’s two broad staircases seem to float upward without supports. The Bill...More

Thank Patti2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A stunning building with amazing architecture, paintings and ornate detailing which is well worth a visit. The marble finishes are beautiful and a great contrast to the urban surroundings of New York. I couldn’t get over how quiet it was inside when set in the...More

Thank Olivia H
Reviewed yesterday

One of those NYC iconic location that you see in plenty of movies, doesn't take long to visit. I wouldn't bother with the tour unless you are a big fan of this king of things, just a quick stroll is enough.

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did one of the free tours today with Hilda who was absolutely brilliant! Very knowledgable and gave us a really interesting overview of the library, which is beautiful and well worth a visit. A great free (and therefore rare!) thing to do in New...More

Thank elizabethbelle
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Library has great architecture and history and is a great building to visit. We did the free tour and were very disappointed. The guide was nice enough but kept telling us about all the treasures of the Library we could not see. Why have...More

Thank KarenGG
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in on our way to the theater because we had some time to kill. The library is huge and there are many area to view.

Thank Charmain D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went for the free tour of the library. Happens twice a day at 11 and 2. Takes about 85mins in total. Lovely informative tour. Guide was knowledgeable and helpful in detailing the history of the place and interesting nuggets of information. Building is lovely. A...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 2 days ago

After visiting the Empire State Building and on our way to Grand Central, we came across the library and went straight in. Free venues in New York are great, and this public building is definitely worth a visit to be inspired. Go see and enjoy

Thank WorldTraveller210663
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of The most beautifull library’s in The World. A absolute must, even When You don’t like books!

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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
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August 24, 2018|
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Response from Kara G | Reviewed this property |
They did discuss the Winnie the Pooh toys during the tour but there was no mention of them going on tour. I suppose anything is possible though. You can try sending them an email to ask about it on their website. It won’t... More
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Response from BradJill | Reviewed this property |
Probably best to contact the library directly and ask. If you go to the New York City Public Library website. Thee is a 'Locations' tab at the top of the homepage, click there. You can then select which library you are... More