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Nantucket Atheneum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A quick walk through

Quick stop to look at the neat architecture and take in a classic old style library. The park like... read more

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
Great place to briefly reconnect online

The library is a photo attraction and even nicer on the inside than the outside. The White building... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dr Werner K
Munich, Germany
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books...more
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1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
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Reviewed yesterday

Quick stop to look at the neat architecture and take in a classic old style library. The park like setting around the building is very relaxing and beautiful.

Thank monnie377
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The library is a photo attraction and even nicer on the inside than the outside. The White building caught my attraction immediately with the blue sky a nice eye catcher. Inside is a up-to-date library with friendly librarians and a grand piano in the second...More

Thank Dr Werner K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this. We walked through the site once just to visit it and see a place that all the Elin Hildebrand and Nancy Thayer books reference in nearly every book they write! But as we were using the restrooms (located in the basement and...More

Thank GrnMtnGirl79
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are visiting Nantucket you must explore the Nantucket Atheneum which is a functioning public library chock full of history and art. You can see where Frederick Douglas gave his first abolition speech to an integrated audience. Totally work it!

Thank SmilinginSeattle
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Nice that they have a portrait and memorial just inside the door for Maria Mitchell who worked there 20 years and helped rebuild the book inventory after the original library burned down in 1846.

Thank janwilson515
Reviewed August 4, 2018

This would be the kind of place you think, "well, if I have a couple of minutes to kill, I'll go in and look around." I'm here to tell to to re-think that! It is, essentially, the public library, but oh, so much more. There...More

Thank Allison B
Reviewed July 2, 2018

Entering this place was really overwhelming emotionally. Being a History teacher, I was immediately taken back to the Abolitionist Movement and all that preceded it and followed. I make it a point to visit the Cape every year because this the information I share with...More

Thank BFree4
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Great library with THE most helpful personnel and some fabulous antique oriental rugs..we also were there when authors were being interviewed upstairs..an A plus experience!

Thank AaronFWA
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Because our 3-day visit to the island was in mainly rainy weather, we made a couple fo visits to this ancient institution, which is now the town library. Here we found quiet tables at which to write our postcards, relax, and read many interesting books...More

Reviewed October 22, 2017

I heard they had free wifi so I went inside, but I was so mesmerized by the old building I wound up walking through all the floors and looking around instead.

Thank Shelley K
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