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Providence Athenaeum

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Not much to see but very interesting old-fashioned library absolutely crammed with books in every... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lin D
Royston, United Kingdom
Self guided Raven tour

What an awesome place to look around! We did the self guided Raven tour. Edgar Allan Poe was a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank Lin D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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.

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

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

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

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 19 June 2018

While we were wandering around Benefit Street taking in the beautiful historic homes, we came upon the Providence Athenaeum. If you love old well-maintained unique buildings, you will enjoy stopping in for a peak. It is a beautiful building and we loved wandering around the...More

Thank Jude_922
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Providence Athenæum was founded and incorporated in 1836. One of its most famous visitors was Edgar Allan Poe who traveled to Providence in order to meet and court the wealthy Rhode Island widow, Sarah Helen Whitman in 1848. The couple spent time together in...More

Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful library with character and great looks. They welcome everyone inside. Old architecture which has tons of age and history. Enormous selection of books that all college alumni enjoy reading. Definitely worth a visit !!

Thank Erik D
Reviewed 11 April 2018

I love books and old libraries so this was great to see. My husband doesn’t really care but he was so surprised to see books on their shelves from the 1800s! Its rather small but stacked with books everywhere. Worth the 10min it takes to...More

Thank Alison R
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