St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Saint Johnsbury

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is a combined library and art gallery. The building in which it is housed is architecturally and historically significant because of its construction. The Athenaeum is also noted for the American landscape paintings and books in its collection and its having been funded by Horace Fairbanks, manufacturer of the world's first platform scale. The art collection contains a number of Hudson River School paintings. This building retains a strong Victorian (French Second Empire) flavor of the 19th century.
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  • $5 per person lets you wander through the incredible Fairbanks art collection. Be sure to dial the phone number to listen to the wonderful audio explanation of the pieces. We will return!  more »
  • Horace Fairbanks' many works of art on display was really a treat to see in this small city setting.  more »
  • The town of ST. Johnsbury's public library with an interesting collection of artworks on display for a small admission fee, at the back of the building. The building in which it is housed is...  more »
  • 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!
  • Gorgeous building with a stunning art collection. Well worth the visit.
  • 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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