New York Public Library

476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 

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New York Public Library

The city’s oldest library is grand, gorgeous and welcoming to all ages with engaging rotating exhibits. Say hello to the marble lions Patience and Fortitude by the famous Fifth Avenue stairs, check out the famous billowing cloud ceiling mural on the Rose Main Reading Room and explore free exhibits.

Fun library &  NYC themed books for all ages and reading accessories available at the small gift shop.

Stroller entrance on 42nd Street towards Sixth Avenue.

Also visit the magnificent new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library’s children’s room and rooftop reading terrace with gorgeous views over Manhattan across the street at 40th Street & Fifth.

🌳 🍽 Find food and fun at adjacent Bryant Park.


The New York Public Library’s Treasures

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Audio guides available in English & Spanish on all mobile devices (bring your own device &headphones)

Also look for butterflies & bugs in Peter Kuper’s Intersects (and throughout the library ), visit the gorgeous Rose Main reading room to see the famous billowing cloud ceiling, then explore the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library across the street with an amazing children’s section and a rooftop reading terrace, with gorgeous views over Manhattan.

🌳🍽 Eat and play in adjacent Bryant Park.

Peter Kuper’s INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet

Explore a homage to the tiny, underappreciated creatures that touch everything people do. Look for bees, ants and butterflies in graphic novelist Peter Kuper’s drawings of insects in the grand rooms of the Library’s interior in bugs-eyes views drawings, plus individual winged creatures scattered throughout the exhibit and library.

Bring headphones to listen to entomologists and experts talk about the featured insects. Download free free coloring sheets from library’s website.

Also see the original Winnie the Pooh and other elxtradorinary items. See our guide to the New York Public Library and nearby Bryant Park.