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Boston Athenæum, Boston

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  • This private, members only library is located right behind the Granary Burying Ground and around the corner from Boston Common. Some sections are off limits but those that are accessible feel like a m...  more »
  • The Boston Athenaeum left such an impression on me that I briefly considered moving to Boston just to have day to day access to such a place. With historied sculptures, Louis Comfort Tiffany painted c...  more »
  • Some of the most beautiful rooms in Boston, an outstanding art collection as well as special art exhibits, and monthly lectures and events plus gorgeous views of the city from upper floors. Centrally ...  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!