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Providence Athenaeum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 19:00
Open today: 10:00 - 19:00
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Worth a quick stop to enjoy the "vintage" feel of this historic library.

I had heard that Poe had used this library as well as H.P. Lovecraft, so I had to pop in and visit... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
Unique, historic, delightful!

Inside this beautiful building is a world of real books (complete with card catalogue!) and helpful... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2018
Cynthia E
Boston, Massachusetts
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The Providence Athenæum is an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. Over its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and...more
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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+1 401-421-6970
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

I had heard that Poe had used this library as well as H.P. Lovecraft, so I had to pop in and visit. It's not large by today's standards, but it's full of nooks and crannies and old wood catalogs that make you feel you are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

Inside this beautiful building is a world of real books (complete with card catalogue!) and helpful docents. The architecture and decor would be worth a visit; the rare books collection astonishing. The shelves are filled with books, some familiar, others waiting to be explored. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cynthia E
Reviewed 28 November 2018

This place is amazing. I wish I'd been able to check out their rare book collection and maps, but they weren't open at our visit. The architecture is amazing. You can see it in a few minutes or sit and read a while. Enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank C3718TTbarryw
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Continuing my HP Lovecraft theme, I wanted to visit was of his favorite and most often sited haunts. A neat old library that's well worth a quick (or long) peak.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank scottmitchell74
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Not much to see but very interesting old-fashioned library absolutely crammed with books in every nook and cranny. Free to enter.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 401lind
Reviewed 30 August 2018

What an awesome place to look around! We did the self guided Raven tour. Edgar Allan Poe was a famous visitor. Very interesting. The staff was helpful with questions.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

Lovely historic building hosting a quaint but modern public library. Outstanding. Excellent, helpful staff. Lovely sitting room downstairs. Great architecture. Best of all worlds. Spend some quiet time. Relaxing and good for the soul.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank garygDC
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We enjoyed the Athenaeum, but it was rather hot on the day we visited and they were not cooling down the building very much. Otherwise, we would have stayed longer. There were several visitors who were in the lower level of the building due to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JMTurnbow
Reviewed 11 July 2018

I went to a Children's Film Festival there. It was a lot of fun-checking out film shorts & reviewing them on paper & discussing them.They have many events there-some are free & some are not. I get Emails to keep up with the Happenings/Events. Definitely...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Karen H
Reviewed 30 June 2018

This library reeks history. It is well worth stopping in to see the statues peering down from the second floor, reading about authors (E.A. Poe) writing and romancing here, browsing the active collection, and checking out the study desks on the second floor. Outside, you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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