New York Public Library, New York City

4.7
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Spend a day at the New York Public Library ... it's a jewel in the city and you'll learn something too  more »
  • Very Nice Library...I got many old information from that library...Excellent...! I highly recommend..  more »
  • Took a peek inside the NY Library and took some pictures. Yes, I got strange looks (mainly from my son) who found it odd that I'd want pictures from the NYC library. I'm am movie and tv fan and...  more »
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  • This place was a dream. I've been around it and at the park for years, yet never thought to come in. It was really cool. The woodcraft and the stonework is beautiful! There are staff on the ready for any questions as well, bathrooms are very well kept and clean too. I enjoyed the stay there. I will be coming back to study here more often! Thanks for an amazing experience and history! If you like my reviews, hit the thumbs up. I try to put effort in these reviews to better prepare people for their upcoming experiences, unlike others who post up single word reviews just to say they are, local guides." I appreciate all the views and love you all give! ❤
  • One of the most beautiful places on Manhattan. The architecture is breathtaking and it feels nice to see real books in a digital world. Clear recommendation when you want to escape busy streets of NYC. They also have a dedicated Kids area with activities.
  • Astounding Library. I don't know how anyone gets any work done here. Not only is it too beautiful not to stare at, but there are tourists everywhere! There are certain areas that are closed to non-members but even then, you still get to see so much and all the rooms are amazing.
  • As a tourist: Great place to visit. You can feel the history around you. Also it still serves as a regular library. So please be quiet when entering and during your stay.
  • The New York Public Library on 5th Ave is an impressive building with some fabulous treasures. It’s free to enter. You have to go through airport style security, but bottled water is allowed. We came to look at the wonderful ceiling paintings in the Rose Main Reading Room upstairs, but also loved seeing the real Winnie the Pooh and friends in the children’s library. Sadly, you aren’t allowed to take pictures in the Rose room, but Pooh and co are fair game.

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