A book haven with more than 8.9 million books, Boston Public Library is the second-largest library in the United States after the Library of Congress. The library has 1.7 million rare manuscript holdings, including a handful of Shakespeare's quartos and a copy of the First Folio. Consider spending some time with a book in the McKim Building, soaking up the silence under a domed ceiling. Arrange your visit to Boston Public Library and discover more family-friendly attractions in Boston using our Boston road trip tool .
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Free and beautiful. That's all. Just kidding. I have a bit more to say. Per usual. So why am I writing a review of a public library when I don't live in Boston? It's beautiful. Tourists of Boston, you... more »
名前だけ聞くとただの図書館ですが、外観からは古代ギリシャから近代の思想家まで、名前が刻まれたレリーフがあり、学園都市ボストンにおける知の集積という印象を受けます。 この施設がトリニティチャーチの前にあることも、ボストンに人智を重視する文化が根付いていることがわかるかと思います。今はインターネットでなんでも見られる時代ですが、時代性を考えるとこういったダウンタウンの中心に公共図書館を建てた事実には感... more »The name is just a library, but from the ancient Greece to the modern thinkers, there is a relief inscribed with the name, the impression of the accumulation of knowledge in the school city Boston. This facility is located in front of Trinity Church, and I think you can see that Boston has a rooted culture that emphasizes human intelligence. It is an age when it is possible to see anything on the internet now, but I cannot help admire the fact of building a public library in the center of these downtown when thinking about the age. Because I only looked at the walk in the morning on this day, unfortunately I did not get inside, but I could ask the appearance of the inside from the outside, I was able to feel the Boston likeness just look at the front gate above all.
We went for the 2 PM tour on Sunday. The tour guide Tom was amazing and the hour went by just like that. We learned a lot about the library and understood the art and architecture better. He even took us outdoors and showed corner stone etc. I highly recommend taking a tour here to better appreciate the library. The library itself is massive. The old part of the building is more like an art museum than a library. Amazing murals and paintings. I loved the staircase area with its golden color marble and golden sunlight filtering through the glass windows. Looked heavenly. The courtyard is a good peaceful oasis from the busy city outside. We also wanted to get a library card but there was no one at the services desk. We waited half an hour and eventually left. Well, next time.
This is the first public library in the USA. And it’s the most architecturally impressive American public library that I have been to. Definitely worth a visit. Walking inside the building and into the courtyard reminds me of visiting a museum in Europe.
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