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Nantucket Atheneum

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Address: 1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1110
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lovely library

Beautiful building with a great selection of movies to check out. It was nice to check out books for my vacation. Free computer access. Occasional evening concerts and other types... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Harwich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Ran across this treasure by accident. Wish I could of stayed longer to check out the scrimshaw collection. The building is a testament to the history of the island

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful building with a great selection of movies to check out. It was nice to check out books for my vacation. Free computer access. Occasional evening concerts and other types of events. Also a nice garden outside to enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I was very impressed with the children's selection and programming. Get there early, though, for some events as they fill up quickly. Also, if you have a stroller/wheelchair, navigation of the place is not necessarily intuitive, and space restrictions won't allow you into some parts of the library.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Whenever I am on Nantucket, I alway make a stop at the Atheneum. Besides having a fine collection and an adorable children's room, the building is a museum in itself, with artifacts and furnishings that tell the story of Nantucket Island and its peoples past. The atmosphere is clean, quiet and comfortable. You could spend all day there reading.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Absolutely a must-visit. The sense of history in the building alone is amazing. While it seemed somewhat odd to see a wall of DVDs for loan, this library literally uses history and significance.

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Tuscany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

One of the great public libraries in the country...historical building, wonderful collection and helpful staff. Don't miss it.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The predecessor of this building has a storied history and a spot with famous lectures before the fall of the whaling industry. But its importance to the fabric of the town is evidenced by the fact that it was rebuilt in one year after the great fire of 1846. So it is an old building. Now, its is a library... More 

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Trenton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Librarians were very helpful, as I inquired about the art work and history of the library. I enjoyed the visit, but keep in mind, it is a library for the local patrons.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Worth checking out. Has everything a library should, plus it is a historic building with a great scrimshaw collection. And the Great Hall on the second floor is where Nantucketers used to hold town meetings and had many famous speakers like Frederick Douglas. No charge to see this great building in the heart of town.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is such a great community resource from your standard fare of books, CD's, internet access but also offers lectures and a childrens program that is truely wonderful.

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