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Address: Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A public library with an art gallery.

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Gorgeous old library!

A walk back in time...spiral staircases leading to the second level of books, beautiful old windows and light fixtures....a delightful place to see and to experience!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A walk back in time...spiral staircases leading to the second level of books, beautiful old windows and light fixtures....a delightful place to see and to experience!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Nice place. Definitely worth a quick visit in conjunction with the Fairbanks Museum. Afterward, head down to the Taproom down the street for some cold beer and a snack and you have the makes of a great outing!

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Jefferson, United States
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Excellent place to visit. The gallery is beautiful and the collection of art work very impressive! The architecture is outstanding and it also functions as a library everyday. The library staff was very friendlyand informative. This was a great stop on our trip from Vermont to Maine.

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Saint Johnsbury is blessed with an athenaum founded in 1871 by Horace Fairbanks. Lucky for the town, he valued elegance, and his tastes were simple: he only wanted the best! His values are reflected in this elegant edifice, both inside and out. The architect and benefactor chose each and every detail. The woodwork shows a standard of craftsmanship rarely seen... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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29 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We tried to do our own tour and with iPhone in hand looked up the photos - did read that it is much better with a docent and now wished we had caught someone. Most of it was just a library and they were closed from 1-2, so be careful. You will be caught out in the cold.

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Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Housed in a beautiful building that is the functioning city library, it includes a quality selection of 19th century paintings. Ewa, the docent, imparted a wealth of information.

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Palo Alto, CA
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148 reviews 148 reviews
37 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is a gorgeous old building. The collection of artwork in the place is first rate. The collection is large enough to be interesting but not so large as to be overwhelming. The work is displayed nicely and nice booklets are available that tell about the works. I wish that I lived in a town with such a beautiful library.... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

On a long journey across from the coast to central Vermont, we stopped in St Johnsbury for a break. One of the places mentioned in our guidebook was the Athenaeum so we decided to have a walk up the hill and take a look. What luck! The library has been beautifully restored and is a must-see in itself. Then the... More 

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The Sea Ranch, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This wonderfully restored facility serves as the public library for Saint Johnsbury. The building, a gift of a local philanthropist in the 1800s, is just simply marvelous with its original book stacks and spiral iron staircases to the upper level. If you are a book lover, the Athenaeum is everything that an eBook is not! Plan to stop if even... More 

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Danville, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I f you are visiting NE Vermont this is one place you shouldn't miss. Besides being a wonderful library the Athenaeum houses a fine art collection comprised of American & European artists. Many of the paintings have been cleaned or restored and are in excellent condition. The lighting inside the gallery is excellent allowing the vibrant colors to show at... More 

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