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Address: Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT
Phone Number: 8027488291
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A public library with an art gallery.

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Library with fabulous paintings

This is primarily a library but there is a wonderful collection of western art including a large painting by Albert Bierstadt. Well worth a visit. There is an admission charge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Barb R
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is primarily a library but there is a wonderful collection of western art including a large painting by Albert Bierstadt. Well worth a visit. There is an admission charge for the paintings. Wifi available

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Ellington, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

I was drawn to the Athenaeum strictly to have a look at the exterior of the building while expecting to take a cursory look at the inside. That is until I met Ewa, the docent whose love of this place oozes from her pores. Clearly passionate about the Athenaeum, its art, and its history, this native of Poland is well-schooled... More 

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Historical building well crafted with gleaming wood and filled with art treasures plus it is the library for the charming town of St. Johnsbury. The art is easy to view, a well developed guide book is available to use during the visit and can be purchased at the main library check out desk. There are some themes in the art... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

A friend of ours told us: "Stop in St. Johnsbury and see the Bierstadt, you won't be disappointed." Wow what an understatement; what we expected was a 10 minute stop that turned into an hour personal guided tour! This is a National Historic Landmark and includes well preserved American paintings, a huge original edition book collection and remarkable architecture. Our... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Both a library and art museum, this will bring you back to the late 19th century. A must for people who love art, architecture, and stunning works of art. Just go- you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Singingbridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This library/athenaeum is by far one of the most memorable places in our visit to Vermont! My daughter and I toured, she is a librarian, and had no idea what a wonderful and beautiful place it is! Very quaint town and surroundings, we entered not knowing what to expect. A beautiful building, fabulous architecture, and first-class oil paintings. Beautiful, large... More 

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Memphis TN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Beautiful contribution to the St. Johnsbury community. A lot of restoration has made the building even more gorgeous. Free access, so worth stopping in to see the architecture and the art gallery.

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Norman, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

worth a quick visit, even if just to view the Bierstadt painting, in this quaint old library building. .The library staff is very friendly and informative, and the library is quaintly appointly with other nice works of art, and architectural features.

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St. Johnsbury, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Amazing institution in a small town. Beautiful architecture, wonderful gallery, beautiful restoration, great children's room, free wifi as well as computers for which you c an sign up for time slot. Public talks at least once a month on an intriguing array of subjects with well-qualified experts. Great community service thoughout its history, with book mobiles, kids' programming, interlibrary loans,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

We discovered that a walk through main street of Saint Johnsbury is definitely not complete without visiting this library. It is very unique, historical and used as the town library. Was really surprised to see the paintings in the gallery of the building as it only heightened the visit and there is a docent to give history and definition to... More 

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