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Portsmouth Athenaeum

9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603 431-2538
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Ranked #16 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Owner description: This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of rare and old publications.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A secret find in Portsmouth. A must see for a local history buff. Their hours that they are open to the public though are limited.

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Went to see an exhibit on fires in Portsmouth and spend over a hour with the staff looking for ancestors. Wonderful bilding overlooking market square.

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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

OK, so it's a very big nutshell. It contains so much local history - mainly in the form of original documents and artifacts - that have been collected or passed through families to them, that it ends up being a treasure trove of past history for researchers, genealogists, small tour groups, and those just wanting to sit and read books... More

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New England
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77 reviews 77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Very interesting place and very helpful staff/volunteers.

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Kittery Point, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This should not be on the tourist trail, this is a research library that contains New England genealogy and rare books and some artifacts. Currently only part of one floor was available for public viewing. The first floor is closed due to a locked door and key failure and so one must go around to third-floor it in which one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We climbed the two flights of stair to the Athenaeum not sure what to expect but were well rewarded. We are history buffs so this place was right up our alley. They also get extra points for being about the only historic site in Portsmouth open on a January weekend. The staff were great, very friendly and knowledgeable and we... More

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