Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum

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10 expert reviews

“The Boston Athenaeum is one of the nation's oldest private lending libraries.”

– Michelin Guide

"Mounts exhibits in the compact art gallery on the first floor... and schedules lectures, readings, concerts, and, on rare occasions, viewings." Full review
Lonely Planet
"An old and distinguished private library, having hosted the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne." Full review
Time Out
"The Boston Athenæum published America's first literary magazine and acquired an extensive library of books and works of art." Full review
"Bostonians now jealously guard the title "Athens of America." One of the oldest libraries in the country." Full review
Condé Nast Traveler
"This magnificent private library is tucked away behind red leather–bound doors with more than 600,000 volumes of gilt-lettered books and rare manuscripts." Full review
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