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Portsmouth Athenaeum

9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4011
+1 603-431-2538
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Preservation at its Best!

I had emailed in advance to see if we would be able to tour the Athenaeum. The fabulous Carolyn... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Mrs Andrew C
New Hampshire
A secret garden!

This collection is like entering a time machine. We were lucky enough to stop in on a day when... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4011
+1 603-431-2538
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I had emailed in advance to see if we would be able to tour the Athenaeum. The fabulous Carolyn wrote back that, indeed, we would. We made a special trip to the city to enter the mysterious, but ever-beckoning, Portsmouth Athenaeum. Worth every mile to...More

Thank Mrs Andrew C
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This collection is like entering a time machine. We were lucky enough to stop in on a day when there was a meeting and the people in the meeting invited us in. The library and collection are wonderful to look at and the building is...More

Thank kas929
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Took us forever to figure out how to get into this place but it was totally worth it! My wife and I spent some time admiring all the antique books when a young man offered to give us a tour. He was wonderful giving us...More

2  Thank Steve B
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

So many people walk by this place and never venture up the three flights. The library alone is worth visiting as well as the temporary exhibits. The most recent special exhibit features black and white photos of important homes in the area. Make the effort...More

1  Thank 814steven
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

A researcher James gave us a wonderful walking tour while the athenaeum was under construction. Books, artwork, nautical history and curiosities from around the globe. I would recommend this hidden market square gem to art and book enthusiasts.

1  Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We'd scheduled time to visit this amazing historic library and had taken a look online and knew that it was a special place but even then a look at the inner sanctum of this historic building took my breath away. I found a precious historic...More

Thank RVtraveller2016
Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is a quirky little museum/library that is wonderful - if you are into history and historical records - particularly of early New England and Portsmouth. It's not a destination or entertainment mecca to bring the kids - it's way old school so be aware....More

Thank rscimagery
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We went for the Art Round Town night and really enjoyed the old photos and architecture. So great to be able to get in. Totally recommend it.

Thank anadamamanda
Reviewed 15 March 2016

The Athenaeum holds a wide variety of fascinating archives and books about Portsmouth, its history, and its culture. On a rainy afternoon you can settle into a comfortable chair and immerse yourself in the past. From time to time they will have special exhibits. The...More

Thank Malduf
Reviewed 30 January 2016

The historic Reading Room opens up onto Market Square and is an elegant reminder of historic Portsmouth.

Thank J S
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Anne M
where to park
4 September 2016|
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Response from 814steven | Reviewed this property |
If you are able to walk no more than 10 minutes, then I suggest that you park in the free lots down on lower Pleasant Street or along Parrott Ave - also free. There's an overflow lot on the other side of the South Mill Pond... More