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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-536-5400
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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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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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+1 617-536-5400
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Reviewed yesterday

Having studied the Boston Public Library's architecture in a college fine arts class many decades ago, I finally wanted to visit it. It was designed by Charles Follen McKim in 1895, not long before he designed the Columbia University campus where I took that fine...More

Thank HarveyL759
Reviewed yesterday

Not what you'd typically think of as a destination. This building is closer to a museum with amazing architecture and art. It can be a very quick visit and walkthrough or you can make it more of a destination. The kids areas are interesting and...More

Thank Ali M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is definitely my favourite place just to go and hang out alone in Boston. So peaceful, so beautiful, makes me wanna go back over and over again.

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Boston Public Library is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The architecture and artwork are astonishing, and the garden is a must.

Thank sherryel2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

I didn't spend much time here, but I was really glad that I went in. The entrance is impressive as is the art. Sit a while in some of the rooms and soak up the art and marble. It's in Copley Square in the middle...More

Thank 2acorns
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went in to have a look at the interior/art based on a friend's recommendation, and it didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a visit, I spent a good 45mins just walking around and taking photos. Be sure to be quiet though!

Thank Getassha
Reviewed 4 days ago

so nice!! you can walk around, take a tour and sit in the yard.. I've had a coffee over there, enjoyed my day completely

Thank 9wanderlust9
Reviewed 1 week ago

You must visit the Boston Public Library when in Boston. It's free and the interior decor and architecture is exquisite. It must be wonderful to use it's facilities. There is a lovely sunny courtyard square surrounded with table and chairs with people having meetings or...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Boston Public Library is really amazing! It´s beatiful, spacious, very well organized and distributed. It´s absolutely free and you can access to many books. It´s ideal for a rainy day.

Thank Santiago Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

This library is gorgeous! HUGE and spacious, and well organized. They even have a large section where kids can be, as well as a teen-only section that's decorated super cool. This is such a lovely library I wish I had access to it everyday to...More

Thank alyssa b
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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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28 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.