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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Saint Johnsbury

(4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We did a day trip to the Athenaeum and thoroughly enjoyed this unique library/art gallery. it's quite an impressive Victorian building with lots of ornate woodwork, spiral staircases, and a small but ...  more »
  • Staying with family nearby, and had a very nice visit. The large painting by Bierstadt is not to be missed! Quiet, and a bit creaky. 
  • Comfy like the great grandparents' house you never had. Read a book in an overstuffed leather chair, or use the computers for more modern ways of obtaining information. Enjoy the stillness and beauty ...  more »
  • 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.