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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903 (College Hill)
401-421-6970
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Ranked #14 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Libraries, Cultural
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Owner description: One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.

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Haverhill,Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

What I enjoyed the most was the friendly helpful staff. There is a marked self tour with lots of interesting twists, fun way to share information about the building. Highly recommend taking the time to check it out!

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Sydney, Australia
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753 reviews 753 reviews
364 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This character filled library is like stepping back in time. I doubt much has changed since it was new and they like it that way. It has become a place of pilgrimage to visit the bust of the famously reclusive RI writer, HP Lovecraft.

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The self-guided tour is a fun pit stop on your walking tour of Providence. Book nerds and literary enthusiasts will get a kick out of the historical relevance and stacks.

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New York City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We had already had this on our list after seeing the photo in the June 2014 Architectural Digest and just stumbled upon it. Inside, I thought "oh my God, I'm on the set in The Music Man for Marian the Librarian!". Thrilling, in a ssshhh way. Charming, inspiring, hushed. Lovely special children's area. Unless you're going to sit and enjoy... More

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Los Angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Beautiful library. Old fashioned card catalogue, some of the entries handwritten. Could have spent all day here.

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Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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207 reviews 207 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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10 helpful votes 10 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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