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Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
+1 617-859-2216
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“copley square” (194 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
Back Bay
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+1 617-859-2216
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"reading room"
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"copley square"
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"beautiful building"
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"map room"
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"the john singer sargent murals"
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"inner courtyard"
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"great architecture"
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"trinity church"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed yesterday

Beuatiful for both the architectural quality and the collections housed. Found it fascinating to enter one building that was full of tradition and wander through to a new area and building, light and airy, a totally different atmosphere. Loved the map room.

Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful! Must go inside and see the architecture of the library. You will not be disappointed! Great place for pictures too.

Thank mariacarrillo94
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The art work, architecture and collections are breathtaking and inspiring. Try to visit the courtyard but please make sure you silence your phone and keep your voice down--it's a library after all!

Thank Sky_Trekkies
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the street you are just seeing a modern building Enter in the main hall and turn left You will discover after the glass doors s beautiful courtyard Take the stairs and on the 1 st floor there is the reading room: a beauty

Thank 182tara04
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Put on your itinerary a guided tour of the library to dive deep into the politics and artistic choices of a spectacular building of knowledge and learning. Tour guides are well versed in the lives of the architect and artists who created this masterpiece right...More

Thank blake b
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad I took a detour to come in here. Really great stuff in here, half library half museum. As a book lover I really loved this place, as a student (amateur) of history this place had a deeper meaning. Hallways and doors, door frames...More

Thank Nick M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very impressive building on a huge scale. Great style, especially the murals. And pleased that they let visitors in.

Thank canarysop
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say. I have never seen such a gorgeous library. My sisters and I went exploring the old section. Around every corner and up another set of stairs was some of the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen. We just got lost...More

Thank Pauline P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came across the Art and Architecture tour on a list of free-and-fun things to do in Boston, and I'm so glad I did. The building is stunning and should be visited even if you can't make a tour (there's wonderful information at bpl.org to...More

Thank courtney w
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Boston, take the time to visit the public library. The building is splendid with fabulous architecture & it is totally free to visit. It has a two cafes & a lovely outdoor courtyard where you can sit & watch the world...More

Thank Mary F
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Vicki M
31 March 2018|
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Response from Amanda M | Reviewed this property |
depends on how much time you have available and how interested you are in the library’s history! i enjoyed just exploring on my own and being able to stay in an area of interest to me without having to move on too quickly.
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Jodie S
6 October 2017|
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Response from Troonie1 | Reviewed this property |
Would give it one hour plus. The courtyard is fantastic and you can sit and enjoy, the maps section could easily take another 30 minutes and there are apparently a number of displays. Plus a coffee shop, so the end point... More
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Hayley1607
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.
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