New York Public Library, New York City

4.7
#4 of 116 in Museums in New York City
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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  • Iconic just like the movies. This Public library is huge! Huge selection of books, bathrooms and resting areas.  more »
  • While on a short holiday in New York City oround New Years eve 2016, I visited New York Public Library, where I hoped to find a simple place with wifi to sit down for a few hours to get some work...  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.

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