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“It doesn't look like much from outside, but OMG the inside is beautiful”

Boston Public Library
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US$ 35.00*
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 383 things to do in Boston
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“It doesn't look like much from outside, but OMG the inside is beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

It's amazing how easy this building can be overlooked, you would think the two ladies guarding the entrance would be the nicest thing to see.......get inside.

It has this amazing hall, lamps and this staircase that....I would've never imagined that inside there. The reading room is beautiful, the garden in the center, wow I was amazed how simple it looks from outside and how much there is in the inside.

Give it a try, it's worth it, AND FREE C'MON!

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philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Historic but creepy interior rooms”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

As an architecture major, I know why the BPL has a lot of love. I have been here several times to do studies and research on the building itself, and the resources that this library houses are numerous. I will say, however, that if you venture too far away from the rooms which are common to tourists, you will find yourself in a labyrinth of outdated and creepy rooms. Combine this with the year-round homeless people who live on the building's exterior... and you have yourself a pretty average urban public building experience.

Visited March 2011
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“For people looking for your family information it is wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

When you go have lunch before you go in. No place to grab something. It is a great place to look at newspaper from the early years

Visited June 2011
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Marseille, France
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“Cool!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Huge library, and pretty quiet.
Just went to visit so I can't say more...

Visited February 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Gotta see it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

I put it as average because the library itself (if you want to use it as a library) is kind of worn and sometimes smelly, especially in the "new" building. If you're away from the stacks and in the courtyard, it's beautiful. Definitely worth a walk-through if you're in Copley Square and chances are, if you're visiting Boston, you'll probably find yourself in Copley Square.

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