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Boston Public Library: Tours & Tickets

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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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700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813
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We were on a Historic Boston & Cambridge tour; we had time to walk around Copley square across from the library and go into the library, which was very worthwhile. Go see the courtyard and enjoy the ornate statues and ceilings!
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One of the most beautiful public libraries I have ever seen. Also all the frescos are very well preserved. Definitely worth a visit.
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I was so pleasantly surprised by our time at the library. It was raining and our hotel suggested this as a way to get out of the rain. There is a new side - and a historic old side. The new side has a nice little food/coffee cafe - the old side has a lovely tea room which we
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Whenever I travel to an older city always hit the library. Libraries while a free attraction often are great buildings and provide history.
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One of the most beautiful libraries in US. Spectacular place to spent good time and learn from their history. In the epicentre of the city and around other amazing buildings. This place cannot be missed.
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