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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  • Take a step back in time and explore books, art, and well the building itself is amazing. A place to experience many things  more »
  • You know you’ll love this place as soon as you walk through the dooors. Take time to look at everything and understand the history of the building and the town of St. Johnsbury. You’ll feel like you’v...  more »
  • The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, built as a gift to the community, opened in 1871. Shortly after the opening of the library a Gallery was designed to house a hand-picked selection of art which includes Bi...  more »
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  • Gorgeous building with a stunning art collection. Well worth the visit.
  • Amazing community resource. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. I cant think of any library in VT that is as beautiful or as unique. Amazing art collection as well!
  • 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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