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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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Fantastic architecture, and of course amazing art!

Awesome architecture inside and out. Beautiful woodwork inside, even though it's just really the local library. What a treasure to have in your town! The building itself is on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Awesome architecture inside and out. Beautiful woodwork inside, even though it's just really the local library. What a treasure to have in your town! The building itself is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Inside, in addition to the library and a reading room, they have a collection of about 20 pieces of art by artists of the Hudson... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a nice little building that's fun to explore inside. Admission is free and there are several rooms that you can explore, including one large room in the back of the building that has numerous paintings. It's an overall neat little place where you can spend an hour or so.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 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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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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