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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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Sonoma, California
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36 reviews 36 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Bridgewater NJ USA
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314 reviews 314 reviews
133 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is must see stop in St. Johnsbury. It is right at the end of the street as you enter St. Johnsbury from the main highway. Can't miss it! There is parking behind it. it is the St. Johsbury Anthenaum, which is a combination library and art gallery and it dates back to 1871 when it was built my the... More

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Lower Waterford, Vermont, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This multi-use building is a stunner, inside and out. Includes an art museum, extensive collections for historical research, and frequently hosts public forums. The Athenaeum also makes a practical launch site for a walking tour of many of St. Johnsbury's iconic buildings designed by talented architect Lambert Packard.

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