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Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum

Library and Art Museum
Beacon Hill, Boston
  • Elyse E.
    "Narrative of the Life of James Allen"(3 Tips)
    BU Today
    "art and architecture tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p."(2 Tips)
    Jason W.
    "Awesome resource."(2 Tips)
    Kaitlin T.
    "If you love books, take a free Art & Architecture tour,..."(3 Tips)
12 Tips and reviews
  • architecture tour
  • tuesday and thursday
  • james allen
  • books
  • quiet
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  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJanuary 19, 2016
    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!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 11, 2012
    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
  • Ali K.
    Ali KhadivarNovember 15, 2017
    My most favorite place in Boston. Annual membership is a bit high. But their lending policies is VERY generous. The building itself is a marvel, and the staff are wonderful.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 7, 2016
    Find a small publication bound in leathery light gray material. Titled Narrative of the Life of James Allen, it is a well-preserved book bound in the skin of its author.
    Boston.comMay 16, 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
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 22, 2011
    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
  • Andy R.
    Andy RoebuckMarch 4, 2010
    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
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    The Boston Athenaeum library holds "sneak thief" James Allen's memoir--bound in human skin.
    SchoolandUniversity.comOctober 23, 2013
    I'vent seen such large resources.! too good! Read more
  • Landon H.
    Landon HowellApril 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Head to the 5th floor for peace and quiet.
  • Richard W.
    Richard WardNovember 20, 2009
    Fire up the laptop (wifi) on the hidden balcony on the second floor overlooking the cemetery. Realize how lucky you are. Read more
  • Jason W.
    Jason WinmillMay 3, 2013
    Awesome resource.
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