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New York Public Library: Tours & Tickets

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Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
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We had walked to Bryant Park and decided to stop in to the NY Public Library for a quick look. A very impressive building, beautiful inside with gorgeous murals on the ceilings. Funny how actual library patrons just go about their business not noticing all...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Linda P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The design of this building is quite classical, with quite a few paintings and murals on the top level. You don't have to be a member to explore the building.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Yang Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't really have any major expectations for this, but the NY Public Library quickly became the benchmark for amazing experiences in NY. The building is just breathtaking, where even a novice can be in awe of the architecture. I visited the place twice, just...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Aussiedave78
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are an architecture buff you will be in your glory. Beautiful beaux arts design. Take the free escorted tour to see all the nooks and crannies. The main reading room would make any bibliophile drool. Don't forget to go downstairs to the children's...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank TweetyLover
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the opportunity to see the display for Winnie the Pooh. Great architectural masterpiece. A must when in NY.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank chrisrgonz
Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes the library is great. Thousands and thousands of titles. Millions and millions of pieces of information. But I'm here as a visitor to N Y and I have little time. I'm here to see the original Pooh. Christopher Robin, AAMilne. Just a small glass...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marilyn W
Reviewed 4 days ago

I didnt really know what to expect but was suitably impressed well organised clean tidy staff well informed and a good souvenir shop

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank justin19597777
Reviewed 4 days ago

The New York Library on 5th Ave has been in dozens of movies. Once you visit you will see it at the cinema again and again. The building is exceptionally beautiful inside and out. The Reading rooms are spacious and serene. The art collection is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ketchdoc
Reviewed 4 days ago

Worth a visit to see the awesome reading rooms. The ceilings alone are worth seeing. Very friendly staff.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Crow68American1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Free to visit, spent a few hours here, lots to educate yourself with and if you are a movie fan, plenty of famous spots to take a look at! The nice staff at the information point will tell you where those locations are.

Date of experience: June 2019
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420gilliank
25 April 2019|
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Response from O7834IWlaurat | Reviewed this property |
When the library is closed for any holiday, all of it is closed. Independence Day is a very important holiday for us, so it makes sense for the library to close early on the eve of the holiday.
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ideepakc
28 March 2019|
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Response from kchild1234 | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about 2 hours. They have you arrive 30 minutes early, but we stood around until time to go. There are a set amount of tickets, so they do fill, but being there early didn't really affect that. It was... More
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travelismypassion
21 December 2018|
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Response from jenkatja | Reviewed this property |
There is an entire room dedicated to children’s books, often with its own exhibits that are relate to to children- when I was there in October it was the original Winnie the Pooh. Many kids all over of many ages
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