St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Saint Johnsbury

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Founded in 1871 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1998, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, non-profit public library and art gallery that serves to promote life-long learning through art, literature, and information services.

The Art Gallery features over 120 paintings, sculptures, and other fine works highlighting the American landscape, classical studies, and reproductions of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks. Many paintings by the Hudson River School artists are on display including Jasper Cropsey, Asher B. Durand, Sanford Gifford, and Worthington Whittredge. The most prominent painting in the Gallery is Albert Bierstadt’s mammoth ten-by-fifteen foot masterpiece Domes of the Yosemite, one of the most famous paintings in America.

The Athenaeum strives to be a 21st century library and stands as one of Vermont’s enduring landmarks. It is the Northeast Kingdom’s center of art and culture. The Athenaeum is the only arts-based National Historic Landmark in Vermont. Each year, the Athenaeum welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. Offering poetry readings, internet access, book discussions, musical and artistic performances and presentations and community outreach programs, the Athenaeum continues to fulfill its original mission created by founder Horace Fairbanks. Fairbanks, whose family invented the platform scale, was an industrialist, philanthropist, and later governor of the state.
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  • From the written description, I thought this was primarily an art museum. But it turned out to be primarily a public library. However, in the back of this beautiful building is a large room where ther...  more »
  • Although somewhat interesting, with good furnishings, and a good collection of old paintings, this was not as good an attraction as you might think from the ratings. Would not recommend a special trip...  more »
  • The architecture here is only surpassed by the surprise of it's wonderful art collection...and the marvelous docent who helped us learn about all the paintings & objects the Atheneum holds...  more »
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  • My dad and I went here in 1995 when I graduated from St J Academy. My dad found a reference to a historical person that relates to us. My dad must have known more about family history than he lead on. There could be some information I need to find out more about. I had relatives who lived in Vermont in the 1800s. I am interested in finding out about also..I will update when I find more. I hope to return when the weather warms up and check out more books at the Anthaneum.
  • You don't get anymore historical St. Johnsbury than the Atheneum. You need to pop in just to see the architecture and the art gallery -- oh yeah and the book ;)
  • An extraordinary architectural time piece well worth going out of your way to visit.

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