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Providence Athenaeum
Ranked #18 of 136 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 February 2012

The Athenaeum has an incredible collection, including many rare items which are available to read by appointment. I had the pleasure of reading some accounting of George Washington's expenditures during his time as general of the Continental Army, written in his own hand.

The collection dates back to pre-revolutionary times, and is quite an excellent place to visit for any book buff.

Thank Geoff_Picus
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

A fabulous collection housed in a beautifully maintained and unique old building with friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.

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Reviewed 7 January 2012

I absolutely love this place. It is a library hosted by a 300-400 year old building. The moment you step inside, you feel like you are in a different wonderful world. Before my daughter went to daycare (around 2), we used to go regularly to the story hours (twice a week for children 0-2 yrs of age). It was awesome and Lindsey the children's librarian is phenomenal. My daughter still adores the place and points at the building every time we pass by with the car.

Thank TravelLover77_5
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Beautiful building, classical design, the place makes you want to pull the dusty tomes of the shelf and bury yourself in reading.

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Reviewed 10 September 2011

The building alone is worth a tour. It's one of the oldest subscription libraries in the country. The collections are available to the public for browsing but only members can check items out. The library is said to be haunted by Edgar Allen Poe and his girlfriend, Providence poet and widow Sarah Helen Whitman. While I personally have never seen them, it makes for a fun story. The library houses many many books both old and current, DVD, audio books, e-books, has a beautiful children's room and offers programs for intellectually minded individuals. I always love visiting this library.

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