New York Public Library, New York City

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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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  • Just walking into the library is an incredible experience. The architecture is magnificent and the rooms are gorgeous. Of course, the book collection is unsurpassed and the exhibits are always... 
    Just walking into the library is an incredible experience. The architecture is magnificent and the rooms are gorgeous. Of course, the book collection is unsurpassed and the exhibits are always...  more »
  • After many trips to New York City it was only recently that I visited for the first time this landmark building on 5th Avenue. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the New York... 
    After many trips to New York City it was only recently that I visited for the first time this landmark building on 5th Avenue. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the New York...  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Staff was super friendly. Cute gift shop. They definitely don't make buildings like this anymore. We were just at the right time to see a woman be proposed to on the stairs! Very adorable! If you lovebirds ever see this review...I wish you a happy life together!!!
  • Talk about the most exquisite library you’ve ever seen! This library is an enormous structure that is a beautiful sight in the New York landscape. As soon as you walk inside you are taken aback by the incredible interior decoration and high ceilings. Please note that this is a RESEARCH only library. This means you can NOT check out books or apply for library cards. There is an incredible exhibit that you can get free tickets for online. This exhibit has amazing artifacts to look at such as Gutenberg Bible, a handwritten copy of constitution by one of our Forefathers, Charles Dickens desk, and many more incredible items!

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