New York Public Library
This Beaux-Arts masterpiece (1911) by Carrère & Hastings contains one of the largest libraries in the world. The two marble lions, nicknamed Patience and Fortitude, that flank the exterior grand staircase serve as the institution's mascots. They usher you into South Court, a stunning six-story atrium off of which are a reading room and a study room, amongst others. Temporary exhibitions are held in Gottesman Hall and Salomon Room, while level 3 showcases some of the premises' treasures.
Address:5th Avenue (between West 40th & 42nd Street), 10016 New York
Price:free of charge
Mon 1pm-5pm, Tue, Thu-Sun 10am-6pm, Tue-Wed 10am-8pm, closed Bank Hols