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Boston Athenaeum

10 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3764
+1 617-227-0270
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Don't bother to try.

Understand that they are a private club but as members of a national association, we have access to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Utica, New York
Members Only - Hidden Gem

Open only occasionally to the public, this private library is magnificent! Take the stairs to the... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Cara C
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3764
+1 617-227-0270
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Understand that they are a private club but as members of a national association, we have access to the art collection. The web site offers hours but when you arrive, the collection is closed....and I can see it immediately to my left. They are not...More

Thank RonL40
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Open only occasionally to the public, this private library is magnificent! Take the stairs to the 5th floor and work your way down. You’ll find Washington’s private encyclopedias, a vast collection of (very) old and new books, quiet sitting areas, a great art collection, and...More

Thank Cara C
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I stumbled across this Boston library by accident and went in because it is the oldest library in the U.S. It may be a members only library but visitors can walk around and look at some of the books and art (paintings and sculpture). You...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 15 July 2017

This members only library is a hidden public Boston attraction. I happened to read about it in one travel blog (no others that I read mentioned it) and since I have an appreciation for art and libraries, I thought I'd check it out. From the...More

Thank JJ811
Reviewed 23 June 2017

It was open to the public when my wife and I happened to be walking by, just lucky I guess! We were just hoping to see the Granary Burial Ground located directly behind this place, possibly this was a special exhibit because there were some...More

Thank Steveage
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Yes, sure, most tourists are lining up to visit the Freedom Trail in Boston. But one of the places that you may not want to neglect is the Boston Athenæum, a library which usually allows non-members to visit its ground floor. But this library is...More

Thank RaymondHua
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This private, members only library is located right behind the Granary Burying Ground and around the corner from Boston Common. Some sections are off limits but those that are accessible feel like a museum.

Thank Ersun U
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The Boston Athenaeum left such an impression on me that I briefly considered moving to Boston just to have day to day access to such a place. With historied sculptures, Louis Comfort Tiffany painted ceilings, the magnificent Danforth Alchemy Collection, and exceedingly knowledgable tour guides,...More

2  Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Some of the most beautiful rooms in Boston, an outstanding art collection as well as special art exhibits, and monthly lectures and events plus gorgeous views of the city from upper floors. Centrally located near the Parker House hotel. Reservations for tours are advised as...More

Thank SullyBoston
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We took a tour of the library building. Architecture and history were discussed. Tour presented by a member of the library. Entertaining and a chance to see inside the stacks. Otherwise library only open to members.

1  Thank Madeline B
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12 April 2017|
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Response from travelg38 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is an elevator but there are lots of stairs. (I am a senior but very mobile) Bathrooms are easily available; pace is slow so not tiring.
25 May 2016|
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Response from o2bcre8ive | Reviewed this property |
I would certainly think that your children are welcome because they have a nice kids selection for members. What a great idea! Enjoy!