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Boston Athenæum, Boston

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  • This members only library is a hidden public Boston attraction. I happened to read about it in one travel blog (no others that I read mentioned it) and since I have an appreciation for art and librari...  more »
  • It was open to the public when my wife and I happened to be walking by, just lucky I guess! We were just hoping to see the Granary Burial Ground located directly behind this place, possibly this was a...  more »
  • Yes, sure, most tourists are lining up to visit the Freedom Trail in Boston. But one of the places that you may not want to neglect is the Boston Athenæum, a library which usually allows non-members t...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Worth a visit as a tourist and the membership as a local.
  • This library is well worth a year's membership. Wether going for a quick stroll through featured artists or to do research for your next novel there are always places to relax. Right in the center of town!

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