New York Public Library, New York City

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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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  • The New York Public Library is a landmark that every American know just by sight. It has been used in movies and TV shows and is a must for any visit to NYC. I always like to go to have my photo... 
    The New York Public Library is a landmark that every American know just by sight. It has been used in movies and TV shows and is a must for any visit to NYC. I always like to go to have my photo...  more »
  • Of course I had to stop in! The site of several film locations shot here…Ghostbusters, Sex in the City and more it is lavish landmark rich in architectural detail and history. Lovely gift shop... 
    Of course I had to stop in! The site of several film locations shot here…Ghostbusters, Sex in the City and more it is lavish landmark rich in architectural detail and history. Lovely gift shop...  more »
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  • A true library for any library to aspire too. I spent an hour here but wish I could have spent more time. It's an large and full of charm. I'm sure someone better would be able to explain the history but it's so neat to walk around. You do need a library card to get into some rooms but a lot of the space you can explore yourself. Also they have a little museum of special historical artifacts that's really special to see. You have to reserve time to see it but it doesn't take long. I recommend seeing this at least once if you're traveling to NY! Also the park outside is so beautiful and wonderful.
  • Absolutely stunning building from the outside and on the inside. The architecture was phenomenal. It’s free! The exhibits inside are definitely worth checking out too. Saw rough draft of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson! History that I didn’t know we still had. Fun place!

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