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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903 (College Hill)
401-421-6970
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Ranked #11 of 70 attractions in Providence
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
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Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Lovely, old style library set amidst the most historical setting in Providence. It was definitely a set back in time for me.

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Matawan, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

They had such great books and as an avid reader I didn't want to leave. I love to walk around and explore and I never went to an Athanaeum before. It's very quiet and I love that.

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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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204 reviews 204 reviews
55 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Nice place to visit iff you like libraries. Is somewhat small but it breaths books and history. You can walk in free of charge.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Great library with great collections. Several activities that are open to the public and a fairly active children's library. It is truly a lovely library!

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Banning, California
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Someone said "A further reason to visit the Athenaeum is to see the bronze bust of H. P. Lovecraft there by by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios. It was unveiled in August 2013," They declined to mention he is a Rev. in the Church of Satan so I hardly think that part of this great destination is something to celebrate!

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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The children's space is wonderful and separate from the rest of the library so you are not as worried about your children disturbing other patrons. Staff is wonderful and I love the playroom with blocks, art supplies and other fun stuff. My 4 year old loves it here and so do I. Something about a historic, classic library just makes... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This is a library as libraries should be, with rows of old and new books and periodicals, knowledgeable librarians, and nooks where you can curl up and read. The Friday afternoon Salons are a signature Providence event. It's member-supported but open to the public (though only members can take books out).

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IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We came to explore the downtown area and stopped at this library for a brief visit. The building was completed in 1838. The interior is unique and full of character. Even though it takes a short amount of time to walk through the library, I enjoyed the beautiful architecture, especially the second floor. You can easily imagine the experience of... More

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Kobe, Japan
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A further reason to visit the Athenaeum is to see the bronze bust of H. P. Lovecraft there by by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios. It was unveiled in August 2013,

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Kansas City, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Was on the intenary with Providence Tours by Deena..need about the Edger Allen Poe stuff,, Worth seeing

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