Boston Public Library

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Boston Public Library
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Libraries
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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 weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
How to get there
  • Copley • 1 min walk
  • Back Bay • 5 min walk
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LM S
105 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Truly awesome art, architecture & paintings. The John Singer Sargent mural cycle is a masterwork, installed between 1895 & 1919. So much more. Admission free
Written 17 May 2022
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DJH35
Jacksonville, FL168 contributions
May 2022
Did not have this on our list but we were viewing the Trinity church and were told to go in to see the murals painted by Stuart. There was definitely some beautiful artwork in the library. Not a must see but worth a stop if you are near by.
Written 15 May 2022
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Denise S
3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
While many people may think a ‘library is just a library’, that thought does not apply to the Boston Public library!! In Boston, you should include time to go inside and take in all the beauty, art (including murals, statues, etc) and architecture and history of this building! A brochure (free) at the main entrance is available and provides a guide to your self-paced tour of the highlights of this building - so you can explore at your leisure.
Written 15 May 2022
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ElizabethTAH
Mount Joy, PA7 contributions
May 2022
Absolutely stunning building. Breathtaking architecture, murals, etc. Pictures don't do it justice. Give yourself at least an hour to take it all in.
Written 14 May 2022
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drichrx
Brooklyn, NY1,213 contributions
Apr 2022
The old building of the library is very interesting and worth visiting (free). There was a very good free exhibit on maps of ecological issues in the Boston area. Worthwhile if in the area
Written 30 April 2022
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Deb H
12 contributions
Apr 2022
Even if there was not a single volume in the entire building, it is well worth a stop. The Sargent murals are stunning.
Written 13 April 2022
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DocSkier
Mid Coast Maine, ME470 contributions
Apr 2022
Very good coffee. Salads and the clam chowder were tasty. Staff is pleasant. Depending on your politics, you may or may not be thrilled with live NPR delivered at table side. After a morning of library research, a pleasant lunch.
Written 2 April 2022
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Madeleine L
Boston, MA35 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a beautiful, historic building to walk around and enjoy. Please respect the peace and quiet inside.
Written 29 March 2022
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Hilary T
Arlington, VA144 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Absolutely love this library! It is part functional library and part museum. Bates Hall is awe inspiring and comfortable at the same time. The Sargent murals were amazing and worth the climb up the beautiful staircases. Love the history and story behind the library. Staff are patient and friendly. Take the time to stop in.
Written 25 March 2022
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Leah B
2 contributions
Feb 2022
The Sargent Murals were fascinating. The BPL staff were super helpful and friendly. It would be nice to have had a little more background/historical info about the murals and the artist. But overall, a great experience.
Written 14 February 2022
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Boston Public Library is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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