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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Address: Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT
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Type: Libraries, Art museums, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A public library with an art gallery.
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Type: Libraries, Art museums, Museums, Traveler Resources
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A public library with an art gallery.

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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242 reviews 242 reviews
27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
33 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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Sonoma, California
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38 reviews 38 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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New Britain, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This building is so beautiful you have to stop and stare. Then you get inside and there's even more to feast your eyes on - beautiful arches and ceilings and stonework and balconies, and numerous tiny spiral staircases - and that's before you even get to the art museum deep in the building! The whole collection is inspiring - lots... More 

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Lyndonville
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a beautifully restored building in the heart of St. Johnsbury and is of historical significance to the town and surrounding area. The employee's are always helpful. There is a large atrium of artwork from famous American artists. All art is in excellent condition. The Athenaeum is a worthwhile stop if traveling through the area.

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La Grange Park, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were passing through St. Johnsbury and saw a reference to the Athenaeum on a brochure. I am so glad we stopped! What a beautiful building and perfect setting for a library. This is what a library should look like. The staff were friendly and informative. As others have said, what a gem.

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