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Boston Athenaeum, Boston

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#18 of 31 in Museums in Boston
Membership library & cultural center founded in 1807. Serves a vibrant, engaged community of members & other curious minds. Membership is open to all.
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  • Up above the Granary Burying Ground and behind the red doors is an absolute gem of history, art, and knowledge. Registered for the tour way ahead (they fill up quickly), they now charge a small fee to...  more »
  • Understand that they are a private club but as members of a national association, we have access to the art collection. The web site offers hours but when you arrive, the collection is closed....and I...  more »
  • Open only occasionally to the public, this private library is magnificent! Take the stairs to the 5th floor and work your way down. You’ll find Washington’s private encyclopedias, a vast collection of...  more »
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  • I came here as a visitor. It’s not worth $10. You’re limited to a few ordinary rooms on the first floor. It took less than 5 minutes to see the whole floor.
  • The tour is something to do - it gets you access to areas that normally you wouldn't. However - it was called N architectural tour, but it was more of a book tour - not sure if that was only because of the guide we had.
  • I'm a member. It's truly an amazing place. A good spot to sit in a comfortable chair and ponder your place in the timeline of American history.
  • I prefer the Boston Central Library, as for this one is quite small. Especially considering the public spaces are limited due to the rest being 'member's' only rooms. It was mediocre at best.
  • I have been a member for many years, and the athenaeum is an incredible place, with books, from George Washington's Private library, all the way to children's books. The records are so fascinating.
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