Other Ideas: Arlington, Robbins Library; Harvard Public Library; Wellesley Free Library; Framingham Public Library; Haverhill Public Library
The Boston Athenæum was founded in 1807, making it one of the oldest membership libraries in the country.
Its holdings are especially strong in Boston and New England history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts.
Its special collections include contemporary artists’ books, early American imprints, and a large portion of George Washington’s personal library.
Today, this historic building is a beautiful architectural destination, a circulating library, and a cultural center open to the public with rich programming every week, including lectures, book talks, children’s story times, and more.
A place of reflection and refuge in the heart of the city, the Athenæum opens its landmark red doors to all.
Self-guided tours of the first floor are always free and open to the public during our normal business hours.
The Athenaeum's Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery and first floor displays showcase treasures from the special collections. Notable exhibits have included rare books from Venice, World War I posters, neo-classical sculpture, and the work of Edward Gorey.
Visitors can see more of the building on a popular Art & Architecture Tour,Tuesdays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 3pm, or Saturdays at 11am. Reserve ahead of time, as these small group tours sell out quickly. The cost is $2 plus admission.
The charming Children’s Library is open to the public every week for a Friday story time,as well as on the second Saturday of each month. Some children’s events are also open to visitors; these have included activities like winter craft-making plus talks by well-known authors.
If you would like information about becoming a member, call 617-720-7604, or visit our website.
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Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
Adults (ages 13 and up) $10 Students and Military $8 EBT Card to Culture $2 Children (ages 12 and under) Free Boston Athenæum Members Free
10-1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108 map
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