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Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum

Library and Art Museum · Beacon Hill
10 1/2 Beacon St (at Park St), Boston, MA 02108, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–4:00 PM

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    BU Today
    "art and architecture tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p."(2 Tips)
    "its treasures on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Reservations"(2 Tips)
    Andy R.
    "Boston Atheneum on Beacon St- a private library"(2 Tips)
    Jason W.
    "Awesome resource."(2 Tips)
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  • architecture tour
  • tuesday and thursday
  • private library
  • books
  • quiet
  • exhibits
  • takes reservations
  • Kaitlin T.

    If you love books, take a free Art & Architecture tour, offered several times throughout the week. It's such a beautiful place full of history, worth taking a look!

    Kaitlin T · 3 weeks ago
  • Landon H.

    Head to the 5th floor for peace and quiet.

    Landon Howell · April 11, 2015

    I'vent seen such large resources.! too good! Read more · October 23, 2013
  • Jason W.

    Awesome resource.

    Jason Winmill · May 3, 2013
  • BU Today

    The athenaeum is a members-only library, so visitors are allowed only on the first floor, but you can take a guided art and architecture tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Read more

    BU Today · June 11, 2012

    It costs money to join, but this private library offers free tours of its treasures on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Reservations required. Meet at the circulation desk. 617-227-0270, ext. 279 Read more · May 16, 2012
  • Scoutmob

    The Boston Athenaeum library holds "sneak thief" James Allen's memoir--bound in human skin.

    Scoutmob · November 28, 2011
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    1 of 16 libraries in US that require membership. Inside resides a book by convicted killer James Allen (aka The Highway Man) who had his life's tale bound in his own skin. More info via blog.<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · September 22, 2011
  • Andy R.

    live in Beacon Hill or Back Bay and want to have a quiet place away from home to read, relax, work? Then join the Boston Atheneum on Beacon St- a private library that's as old as Boston itself. Read more

    Andy Roebuck · March 4, 2010
  • Richard W.

    Fire up the laptop (wifi) on the hidden balcony on the second floor overlooking the cemetery. Realize how lucky you are. Read more

    Richard Ward · November 20, 2009

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