The Providence Athenaeum, Providence

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The Providence Athenaeum, a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community's vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building.
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  • This is a very old private library that is beautiful. There isn't a lot to see, but its a unique experience.  more »
  • Beautiful historical library, vistada in his days, by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. You can enter freely and really glad to visit it. It's not very big, but it's like time travel. And gives pleasure to see so many young people reading.
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  • A sense of history back to 1753, comfort, books, nostalgia, a wonderfully maintained building, peace and quiet, an accommodating and helpful staff, nooks and crannies, a short/engaging self guided tou...  more »
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  • This library oozes charm and whimsy. It's the kind of place I've only ever imagined existing in the past, but preserved beautifully to this day. I can't wait for my next visit!
  • Perfect place to study. Friendly to the general public, just stop by and find something you like to read, or study. It's really quiet.
  • I'm not a member here but it was fun visiting. Lots of character and it was fun to just walk around and take in the atmosphere.
  • Absolutely incredible and fantastic. Would recommend for anyone in the area to stop and walk around the building! One of the most beautiful, well-preserved and functioning libraries I've ever seen. I love the mix of busts, old card catalogues, and new releases!
  • Neat place but: They have a bust honoring a man who called for the gassing of immigrants and praised the KKK. The bust is in a prominent place. No, it's not a historical holdover from the early days of the library, they put it up in 2012 (I think). Pretty dumb for people that run a building holding books written by smart people.

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Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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