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Boston Athenæum, Boston
(4.5/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
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  • When we go to Boston, we always visit the Athenaeum, a beautifully grand private library filled with art. There is a small gallery with changing exhibits; a small fee is charged to view the gallery. V...  more »
  • History resonates through this wonderful but little-known institution, founded in 1807 and one of the oldest libraries in America. The majestic Athenaeum is largely member-based, and much of it is clo...  more »
  • The Boston Athenaeum Library was started by Bostonians when books and art were often purchased overseas, and therefore expensive. It also served as a meeting place for those interested in new ideas an...  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.