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  • Address: 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Boston Public Library Tours

Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library contains over 23 million items, making it the second largest public library in the U.S., after the Library of Congress. Of those millions, about 1.7 million are rare books and works, including medieval manuscripts and incunabula (a book or pamphlet printed prior to 1501 in Europe). Among the rare books are also the personal library of John Adams, early editions of works by William Shakespeare, drawings from Thomas Rowlandson and musical archives from the Handel and Haydn Society. 

The McKim Building, with its vast research collection, and the Johnson Building, where you can find the circulating collection, are two of the most important parts of the library. The McKim Building is even a National Historic Landmark. And while the library system technically includes a whopping 24 branches, the original Copley Square location offers plenty to see, including Bates Hall, the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room and the Sargent Gallery.

Practical Info

The library is located at 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square. The main Johnson and McKim buildings are open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

Tours & Tickets

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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour, Boston, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Boston on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Travel through Downtown Boston on the popular Freedom Trail, featuring many of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour, Boston, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Boston on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. See the Victorian brownstone homes in Back Bay. Explore the historic Beacon Hill ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Boston, además de ser la ciudad más grande del estado de Massachusetts y su capital, es una de las ciudades más antiguas de EE.UU. Es ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour, Boston, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour

Boston's Back Bay is what locals consider our "other" downtown.  Bustling with people, this neighborhood is where the chic and new meets the opulence ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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