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Boston Athenaeum

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10 1/2 Beacon St.

One of the oldest independent libraries in the US. Beautiful building. We did the tour so we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Worth a visit!

This space in incredible! I felt honoured to have the privilege of exploring this beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the oldest independent libraries in the US. Beautiful building. We did the tour so we could walk around and check it out. We're both big readers, so we loved the history and the experience.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This space in incredible! I felt honoured to have the privilege of exploring this beautiful building.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lorne_Alexandra
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

I honestly didn’t have high expectations before visiting but absolutely loved the tour I took and highly recommend it. The tour on Saturdays at 11 is only $2 (in addition to admission) and was very informative and entertaining. You’ll want to reserve your spots on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raharmon
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

If your favorite part of Beauty and the Beast is that kickass library, then you’ll be enchanted by this hidden gem in the heart of Boston. Four reading rooms, each two stories, stacked with old volumes and complete with ladders for accessing the upper shelves....More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank LikeItsMyJob
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Reeling from the barrage of words from the driver on the Old Town Trolley Tour, we escaped into this wonderful calm space in the heart of the city. Admission is $10, which seemed fine to us; you are required to put your bags into a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

We visited several years ago and found the collection to be amazing. As others have noted, this is a private library. So if you visit, it's best to put on your best - think old school - library manners!

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank skeghaus
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Up above the Granary Burying Ground and behind the red doors is an absolute gem of history, art, and knowledge. Registered for the tour way ahead (they fill up quickly), they now charge a small fee to attend. There are lockers right inside for your...More

Date of experience: November 2017
4  Thank o2bcre8ive
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Understand that they are a private club but as members of a national association, we have access to the art collection. The web site offers hours but when you arrive, the collection is closed....and I can see it immediately to my left. They are not...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank RonL40
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Open only occasionally to the public, this private library is magnificent! Take the stairs to the 5th floor and work your way down. You’ll find Washington’s private encyclopedias, a vast collection of (very) old and new books, quiet sitting areas, a great art collection, and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

I stumbled across this Boston library by accident and went in because it is the oldest library in the U.S. It may be a members only library but visitors can walk around and look at some of the books and art (paintings and sculpture). You...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
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13 April 2017|
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Response from travelg38 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is an elevator but there are lots of stairs. (I am a senior but very mobile) Bathrooms are easily available; pace is slow so not tiring.
25 May 2016|
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Response from o2bcre8ive | Reviewed this property |
I would certainly think that your children are welcome because they have a nice kids selection for members. What a great idea! Enjoy!