"Your feeling of walking into this space is going into an area of majesty."
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Main reading room of New York Public Library.
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For now, as we spend our days and nights at home in wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we're grateful for all of the virtual tour options that have sprouted up online. We've delighted in remotely visiting botanical gardens in the South, Frank Lloyd Wright home in East Hollywood, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and National Parks across the country, to name a few of our favorite virtual experiences. Oh, and have we relished the chance to virtually tour famous museums from Berlin to Seoul from the comfort of our homes.

Now, we're excited to poke around another celebrated cultural institution, the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in midtown Manhattan. Though we're apart from our friends and family in New York City right now, we're appreciating the chance to explore this iconic public space through our computer screens. Here are our two favorite ways to experience the Beaux-Arts architectural marvel, the cornerstone of which was first laid in 1902:

Architectural Digest's Hidden Details of the New York Public Library

Be sure to plan a Zoom chat with fellow architecture buffs to discuss after this nearly 25-minute tour of New York Public Library's flagship location on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. As the description explains, you'll get the opportunity to have noted historians take you through a walking tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. "Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these [experts] reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the Milstein Division, the map collection, the book train and more," the video summary offers.  "Your feeling of walking into this space is going into an area of majesty," as one narrator of the short documentary, Judith Gura, design historian, author, and lecturer puts it.

New York Public Library 360° Virtual Tour from Sam Rohn 360° Photography

For more views of this breathtaking space, take this unique photographic tour, in which you'll get a chance to see the beautiful ceiling frescoes, impressive marble work, stunning sculptures, and treasured staircases inside the NYPL's Main Branch. We still can't get over the blissful sanctuary that is the Main Reading Room (also pictured above). Oh, how we yearn to read there when it's safe to embark on our next Big Apple vacation.

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Share with us: What has been your favorite virtual cultural experience to embark on amidst quarantine living? We think Architectural Digest's behind-the-scenes NYPL tour has got to be at the top of our list.