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Nantucket Atheneum

1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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A view into Nantucket's Culture in the 1800s

We visited the Atheneum as part of the Whaling Museum's Walking Tour. It was inspiring to hear a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Miami, Florida
One of My Favorite Places on the Island!

The building is beautiful, wifi is fast and good, and the resources are great. They have a good... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Princeton, New Jersey
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. Our iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and a beautiful, inviting garden.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 19:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Atheneum as part of the Whaling Museum's Walking Tour. It was inspiring to hear a bit more about the history of Nantucket's culture through Atheneum's use and purpose. The tour explained how the American spirit endured and shaped life on the island,...More

Thank bodenmillermichelle
Reviewed 5 days ago

The building is beautiful, wifi is fast and good, and the resources are great. They have a good collection of books as well as an amazing online collection- you can get audiobooks and ebooks on your computer or phone! Helpful staff and plenty of places...More

Thank emcleanxc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the many historic buildings in town, and it is now a beautiful and unique library. They also have speakers and presentations here, too.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nantucket Athenaeum is a hub of local history and sponsors concerts, lectures, symposiums, classes and children's programming. And most of these are free or reasonably priced. They also team up with the Unitarian Church for events. The building itself is a landmark and you...More

1  Thank Cezannepainter
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a great stop...I love visiting local historic libraries and this one was special, especially the children's room. Very nicely done!

Thank RoseDhu
Reviewed 13 April 2017

One of my favorite library's. They have a huge selection, and if you get a card, you get access to tons of digital media and ebooks online. Very nice!

Thank Alexandra J L
Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you're looking for any book, DVD, magazine or Nantucket history they will have it. They have a fantastic children's section, computers on the second level and often quest speakers frequently.

Thank 145Esprit
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this building on the walking tour run by the Whaling Museum. A very grand building indeed.

Thank Mantaaal
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Interior filled with lovely white rooms full of books and exhibits. Childrens' Museum superb and inviting. Came upon a neat puppet show for kids going on in front of museum/library. Should be noted as place where one-time librarian Maria Mitchell worked for 20 years in...More

Thank ClaudiusIV
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A very distinguished building and an icon too, when you are walking along Main Street, you could see it from Stop and Shop, a good place to visit too.

Thank Jun J
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