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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bryant park” (495 reviews)
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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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Reviewed 2 days ago

As an author I collect libraries. And this one takes the prize for the best I have ever seen out of the ninety or so I have visited around the world. Nothing compares to this beautiful, glorious temple to the written word.

Thank lydial716
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

... fabulous ... a garden and a library, so you have everything you need in NYC to experiencing and expanding a place that has never finished saying what it has to say ...

Thank Sabi W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Like you, I hoped I could pull a book from a shelf from the oft-regaled New York Public Library. While that's not available, the architecture alone is worth a visit, as is the connected Bryant Park. Beware during summer months - it gets hot!

Thank gonzalezkathrynt
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I loved seeing the original Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Piglet and Eyore. And a picture of the author and Christopher Robin. That was my highlight for sure. I didn't have time to take a free tour or see anything else, really. But Pooh was amazing.

Thank LauraLazewski
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped there for a short visit and we were impressed. It is open for public and beautifully decorated.

Thank walid m
Reviewed 3 days ago

I wish we could have went inside but were there too late. My rating may be higher if we had walk through the library. As you likely know, the library is adjacent Bryant Park which is a nice park.

Thank ClayF2
Reviewed 3 days ago

New York Public Library is definitely a highlight of New York. Not only does it house thousands of books, maps, and history, it is a wealth of information. The building alone is worth checking out from it's iconic front stairway to it's main entry. There...More

2  Thank Cynderella43
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a free tour around the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. It took just over an hour to traverse three floors, led by a very knowledgeable guide, The building itself is truly beautiful and well worth a wander around, and the contents of the...More

Thank caspernfg
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Inside is like a hogwarts setting, nice classic architecture and beautiful paintings. Felt like more of a museum to me. Be prepared to have your bags searched upon entering and leaving though.

Thank gonz3160
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful Beaux-Arts building opened to the public in 1911. Free tours are given at 11 am and 2 pm. The tours last about an hour. We enjoyed hearing the interesting stories from the docent.

Thank TravelIntl
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like
the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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10 August 2017|
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Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was just there to visit the Rose Reading Room. There's certainly a lot of quiet spaces there. Perhaps you could email or call them.
10 April 2017|
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Response from Linda R | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but we didn't see a bear exhibit on our tour.
Jessica K
28 November 2016|
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Response from ruuree | Reviewed this property |
Yes but be respectful of people's privacy. It is a library after all. There are areas on the second floor computer area or reading room where you might be cautioned by staff to put your camera away.