Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum information

Boston , USA
10½ Beacon St
+1 617 227 0270
Getting there
Bostont: Park St
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donation $5
Opening hours
9am-8pm Mon-Thu, to 5.30pm Fri, to 4pm Sat, noon-4pm Sun
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Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenaeum is an old and distinguished private library, having hosted the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Its collection has half a million volumes, including an impressive selection of art, which is showcased in the on-site gallery. The library itself is open to members only, but tourists can visit the gallery. Tours of the whole library are conducted at 3pm on Tuesday and Thursday; reserve your spot in advance.