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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT
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Type: Libraries, Art Museums
Activities: Hiking
Description: A public library with an art gallery.
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Palo Alto, CA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
32 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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Jakarta
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Library is awesome, it's like going to one of those library in Europe. The art collections not so much, not my cup of tea. But it's worth to see just for the building itself.

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Plymouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I've passed by the Athenaeum many times and finally went in. The architecture and spiral staircases of the library were very unique and a nice sight to see. We spent some time in the children's room and the staff was very helpful. Lots of fun toys, puzzles, and stuffed animals to play with for the little guy. After he tired... More

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Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Established in the 19th century, the art gallery features worksofthe Hudson River School, and good copies of European masterpieces. The curator gave us an excellent personal tour.

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