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Address: 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: +1 603-431-2538
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This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of...

This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of rare and old publications.

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A secret garden!

This collection is like entering a time machine. We were lucky enough to stop in on a day when there was a meeting and the people in the meeting invited us in. The library and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 21, 2016
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Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This collection is like entering a time machine. We were lucky enough to stop in on a day when there was a meeting and the people in the meeting invited us in. The library and collection are wonderful to look at and the building is marvelous. The collection focuses on the maritime history of the region. There are artifacts of... More 

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Took us forever to figure out how to get into this place but it was totally worth it! My wife and I spent some time admiring all the antique books when a young man offered to give us a tour. He was wonderful giving us the history of the Athenaeum, the current renovation projects, and how the subscribers worked. He... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

So many people walk by this place and never venture up the three flights. The library alone is worth visiting as well as the temporary exhibits. The most recent special exhibit features black and white photos of important homes in the area. Make the effort to find this gem in Market Square!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

A researcher James gave us a wonderful walking tour while the athenaeum was under construction. Books, artwork, nautical history and curiosities from around the globe. I would recommend this hidden market square gem to art and book enthusiasts.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

We'd scheduled time to visit this amazing historic library and had taken a look online and knew that it was a special place but even then a look at the inner sanctum of this historic building took my breath away. I found a precious historic diary from 1838 written by someone in the family I'm researching which made my visit... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a quirky little museum/library that is wonderful - if you are into history and historical records - particularly of early New England and Portsmouth. It's not a destination or entertainment mecca to bring the kids - it's way old school so be aware. Right in the heart of Market Square so drop on in, but know what you... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

We went for the Art Round Town night and really enjoyed the old photos and architecture. So great to be able to get in. Totally recommend it.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

The Athenaeum holds a wide variety of fascinating archives and books about Portsmouth, its history, and its culture. On a rainy afternoon you can settle into a comfortable chair and immerse yourself in the past. From time to time they will have special exhibits. The staff are friendly and helpful. Check their hours online.

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Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2016

The historic Reading Room opens up onto Market Square and is an elegant reminder of historic Portsmouth.

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dennisport, ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015

very knowledgeable staff who help with your research. appointment may be required. centrally located in downtown Portsmouth, a good stop if visiting the city

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