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Boston Athenæum, Boston

(4.6/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • Get a real feel for Boston's history and culture with the free Art and Architecture tour (reservations required) given by member volunteer. A beautiful site and a very interesting tour. 
  • It is worth visiting this incredible library. It has a beautiful architecture, nice terrasses on the city, great docents to learn more about the venue and Boston history. They even do tours in French ...  more »
  • We were delighted to see this old museum since we had tried before and it was closed after 5. Check times first. There are plenty of beautiful paintings and some sculpture nestled in a gorgeous old hi...  more »
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  • The Boston Athenaeum is a great spot for visitors and locals! There are only a few rooms open to the public so it won't take long to check out this beautiful library. It is full of history and a wonderful peaceful place to spend a little time. It is located close to the T and freedom trail right in downtown Boston.
  • This library is such a gem. From the red leather door at 10 1/2 Beacon St. (how Harry Potter is that?) to the amazing collection of art to the beautiful rooms, wonderful art collection, and truly great line up of events, this place is so worth the yearly subscription cost ($200ish). I live in Back Bay in a tiny apartment. Joining the Athenaeum gives me a space to relax and enjoy a good book and feel like I'm at home. The selection of books is wonderful--and I get books I've reserved much more quickly than at the public library (though I still love the BPL!). The people who work there are lovely. If you have the chance to visit or take a tour, I highly recommend it. It's a magical piece of Boston.
  • 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. Some of the records contain things from American history, things that the U.S. government doesn't even know.
  • Worth a visit as a tourist and the membership as a local.
  • Way too strict - policies are unreasonable and are also inconsistently enforced.