Boston Public Library

Recommended
Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first in the country to lend books. The handsome Renaissance Revival-style building became the BPL's home in 1895. Before you enter, admire the granite facade's wrought-iron lanterns, relief panels by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and bronze doors by sculptor Daniel Chester French. The inside is even more elaborate, with such features as a staircase faced in Siena marble and mural paintings by French artist Puvis de Chavannes.

Useful information

Adresse : 

Boylston St. 700

Phone:

+1 617-536-5400

Opening hours

[Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm - closed Bank Hols and Sun Jun-Sep]

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