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Boston Athenaeum

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An Urban Bibliophile’s Paradise

If your favorite part of Beauty and the Beast is that kickass library, then you’ll be enchanted by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Providence, Rhode Island
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A peaceful and elegant traditional library

Reeling from the barrage of words from the driver on the Old Town Trolley Tour, we escaped into... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Emsworth, United Kingdom
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All reviews private library open to the public non members the granary burial ground art exhibits vast collection several floors highlight of our trip freedom trail libraries gallery tours society history knowledge
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

4  Thank LikeItsMyJob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank hoteljunkie99
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!

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

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

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

Thank Cara C
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

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 15 July 2017

This members only library is a hidden public Boston attraction. I happened to read about it in one travel blog (no others that I read mentioned it) and since I have an appreciation for art and libraries, I thought I'd check it out. From the...More

1  Thank JJ811
Reviewed 23 June 2017

It was open to the public when my wife and I happened to be walking by, just lucky I guess! We were just hoping to see the Granary Burial Ground located directly behind this place, possibly this was a special exhibit because there were some...More

Thank Steveage
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Yes, sure, most tourists are lining up to visit the Freedom Trail in Boston. But one of the places that you may not want to neglect is the Boston Athenæum, a library which usually allows non-members to visit its ground floor. But this library is...More

1  Thank RaymondHua
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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
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one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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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!