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“A must see in Boston!”

Boston Public Library
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US$35.00*
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 389 things to do in Boston
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“A must see in Boston!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Be sure to visit this library, which is free. If you can, time it so you can go on one of the free hour-long guided tours, which explain the significance of all the beautiful art. The courtyard is pleasant and would be a good place to have lunch. Either bring your own, or there is a cafe.

The library is located in Copley Square, which is an attraction in itself, with Trinity Church nearby. Boylston Street is worth a wander, Newbury Street is a block away, and the Public Garden is down Boylston. This is close to everything you want to see. Don't miss!

Visited August 2014
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“Art and Architecture at the Boston Public Library”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is a beautiful library completed in 1895. All its exhibits are free and it is open to the public. This library is located in Copley Square and exudes a "classical serenity". Exterior details, the Vestibule, the Entrance Hall, Main Staircase, and Bates Hall reading room. The Abbey Room, named for Edwin Austin Abbey, has richly colored murals depicting the "Quest of the Holy Grail. It is a luxurious room with a ceiling reminiscent of the Doge's Palace. It is beautiful.
The Sargent Gallery named for John Singer Sargent has walls decorated with his "Triumph of Religion" sequences.
The Courtyard is a delightful outside quiet place with tables and chairs and a beautiful fountain in the center and the "Bacchante and Infant Faun" cast in bronze and in the middle of the fountain. You can rest here, even on a rainy day, and feel that all is peaceful.
Just don't miss this--no cost, fabulous and charming perfection of architecture and design.

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful Library”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited the library to see the beautiful Bates Hall. We took a walking tour which was very nice. Stopped to visit the map room and several other rooms. This is a beautiful library. It is also across the street from the Trinity Church which is convenient.

Visited August 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A hidden jewel!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

A friend of mine told me to visit Boston Public Library; I am thrilled that I did! I visited one Saturday afternoon while walking and shopping around town. No cost to enter. I had lunch at the cafe-a Greek Salad with chicken-delicious and freshly made. The chicken was delicious-very generous portion. Then, I walked around the library and took some photos. It's a great tourist attraction. Beautiful inside. A great place to take photos. Something different to do that is fun. I really enjoyed myself! You'll be surrounded by people-other tourists-taking photos. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their visit!

Visited August 2014
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“An oasis in a busy city”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We visited the library due to a hidden gem recommendation in a guide book. What a magnificent building. The surprise find was the outside garden courtyard and cafe. The day we visited there was live classical music, fountains bubbling and people of all ages relaxing in the sun. If you are visiting Boston put it on your to do list.

Visited August 2014
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