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Boston Public Library: Tours & Tickets

Opens in 17 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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Reviewed 2 days ago

it was hard to find the main library part at first, had to ask a staff member. HINT it is on the second floor!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank kayweener
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lots of history, beautiful art, great outdoor space. There's even a cocktail bar IN THE LIBRARY! Highly recommend doing the free art and architecture tour (there's a sign by the entrance of the old building with info and times), where our guide was awesome and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank meros1029
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful building. Full of culture, lovely pictures and sculptures together with a great range of books Visit the main hall

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank X8100ULadamb
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's definitely worth having 30minutes to walk inside the building, its very impressive inside. The ceilings and structure in the main building are wonderful and the court yard is very tranquil. Unfortunately the had a private event in the Cafe otherwise we would have stopped...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kirsty M
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had no idea the public library was such an amazing place to visit! Everyone should check out the art and architecture.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Elaine A
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a huge library with incredible architecture, an enormous collection of books in every category, and wonderful seating and study areas throughout. If I lived here I'd happily spend lots of time enjoying this quiet cultural haven. The children's section is fantastic with a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank msmoothie6
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovers of classic art and architecture will not be disappointed by the Boston Public Library. Not only does it feature an amazing gallery of art by John Singer Sargent but the main reading room boasts a domed ceiling and wooden reading tables and chairs that...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank sunnybuns22
Reviewed 5 days ago

We ducked in here during a rain shower. We were really impressed by the interior marble work and murals throughout the 3 floors we visited. While we only "visited" to stay dry it turned out to be a place worth seeing---no matter the weather.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Allegany
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous art and architecture in the state's oldest library. Located near Boston Commons and convenient to everything.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Pat D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fabulous guided tour of the maps room. The number, age of some of them and the care preserving the maps was amazing. The guide was informative and knowledgeable. So many different maps, learned so much

Date of experience: October 2019
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Randie A
9 August 2019|
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Response from jamaplus | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Sunday afternoon at 1pm. It seemed that many people arrived for the 1pm seating. The cost was about $48.00 per person. The dining room was beautiful. I am not sure what other days are offered. The tea included... More
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Caryx
3 June 2019|
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Response from tkeslertk | Reviewed this property |
There is a tea room but when we were there it had been rented for a private event.
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15 December 2018|
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Response from Hussam S | Reviewed this property |
No, It's Free Admission but Check the working Hours putting in the glass of outer Gate, Change from day to day, Notice: 1- I think, This information is applying for all Public Library in USA. 2- I saw this question only now.
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