Providence Athenæum

Providence Athenæum: Hours, Address, Providence Athenæum Reviews: 4.5/5

Providence Athenæum
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Libraries
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. At its heart, the Athenæum encourages a love of reading and learning to all. Free & open to the public.
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Address
Neighbourhood: College Hill
How to get there
  • Providence Station • 9 min walk
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Rebecca I
Mason, OH28 contributions
Unexpected Gem
Jun 2019
Our family of four loved this museum, it had an incredible variety, was just the perfect size to keep the kids entertained and the exhibits were incredible. Highly recommend.
Written 11 January 2020
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Kell E
Minneapolis, MN73 contributions
So Cool!
Sep 2019
I highly recommend you pop by- it's by everything in Providence and won't take up too much of your time. When I was there, there were students studying everywhere so we crept about quietly for a few minutes just to soak up the vibe. Excellent library!
Written 1 January 2020
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John B J
Providence, RI69 contributions
Birder's Paradise!
Sep 2019
Wandering along the paths in Swan Point Cemetery gives birdwatchers an opportunity a chance to see a wide spectrum of species from owls and woodpeckers in the trees to swans and wild turkeys on the ground any time of year.
Written 20 December 2019
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WhensTheNextTrip
New York City, NY62 contributions
Glad we stopped by....
Nov 2019
We had 1 day in Providence. We usually love to stop by libraries especially when our children need a break from the other tourism stuff. We did the self-guided Raven Tour. We purchased Athenaeum stickers & post cards. We read a few books in the Children's section & frankly could have stayed here for a the afternoon. This library was cool & we are glad we stopped by.
Written 20 November 2019
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Aussie60’s
Melbourne, Australia69 contributions
Must visit ... soak in the history
Aug 2019 • Couples
We simply loved it. The ambience has to be experienced to understand.

My wife is an avid reader and could have stayed there all day ... the names on the shelves are amazing. For me, I enjoyed sitting and reading the paper. There was no effective aircon, so best to visit on a cooler day.

Delightful! Highly recommended.
Written 27 August 2019
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Meggan F
Gloucester, MA22 contributions
Bibliophile must visit
Jun 2019
This place is a cool secret. It was a super neat library full of history. It’s over 200 years old and such a neat building. I wanted to stay and read all the books! I also geeked out seeing all the old school card catalogs.
Written 21 June 2019
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hoopsnflies
Providence, RI7 contributions
These walls tell stories!
Apr 2019
Not just a place that lends books, the Athenaeum is a living library, Worth a visit to see its beauty or sit in a chair where Edger Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft wrote. Fridays often have excellent lectures and there are many events for children.
Written 4 June 2019
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PVD Elevators & Aviation
Providence, RI382 contributions
BEAUTIFUL "Private" Library
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a private library on the east side of Providence. Even though it is private, they let people come in and look around. It has been visited by Edgar Allen Poe and others!! A must see if you like books, historical sites, or architecture.
Written 11 April 2019
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Chris_vonR
Montreal, Canada391 contributions
Beautiful private library that welcomes the public
Mar 2019 • Couples
Felt welcome to visit this private collection, with fascinating history. This is a peaceful site worth a quick visit.
Written 9 March 2019
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Barry N
Coventry, RI2,787 contributions
a review from a Library freak oh my goodness
Sep 2018 • Friends
well they have items on the shelves that are so rare and also some that are just normal. However this great building which is a hidden gem is an Icon in the State of RI that should not be missed. It is not huge,but what there is is amazing. That the great Edger Allan Poe visited is enough to get your blood going. Sit and look for a while and you will learn a lot. How do you miss such a gem when it in your own area.Don't miss this. A treasure within your grasp.
Written 28 January 2019
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