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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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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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Quaint library.

Beautiful old library. Gorgeous woodwork, interior also houses a small art museum. Librarian is very helpful and best of all it is free!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Paula D
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Cumberland
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Cumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful old library. Gorgeous woodwork, interior also houses a small art museum. Librarian is very helpful and best of all it is free!

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Athenaeum (say that five times fast!) is a cute and welcoming place. It serves as the town's library, but there is a large room with beautiful artwork to look at.

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Thank Jtries
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Rated the best art gallery for its size in the US, it features The Domes of Yosemite. Docents are friendly and knowledgeable.

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Concord, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Step back in time when entering. Beautiful wood work and an amazing 19th century art gallery in the back with a stunning Bierstadt landscape of Yosemite that dominates the room.

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Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This is actually the public library, but the collection of art work inside is amazing, especially in the gallery in the rear of the building, where there was a charming docent who shared her enthusiasm for the various paintings. The entire building is amazing, with woodwork everywhere, multiple wooden spiral staircases, etc. It felt like stepping back in time, the... More 

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phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Who goes to a LIBRARY on vacation? WE DO!!! This place is amazing! It is old, beautiful, and interesting. The woodwork is exquisite and the paintings are so rich and old. WE LOVED IT!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This an opportunity to see a very unusual collection paintings within the setting of a working library. There is no charge to enter, but the experience so unique that you might want to leave a donation.

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connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Remarkable collection of paintings in a period piece of architecture. Recently updated structure. Worth a visit.

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Fort Macleod, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

On a holiday road trip down from Quebec, I decided to check my email at the local library in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I had never heard of the town before and was unprepared for this jewel. While in the library I was glad to have brought my camera as photos had to be taken!. I forgot about the internet! Nearby... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Its hard to select my favorite part, the art gallery, the historic records, the architecture, the history of the Fairbanks family, etc. What a local treasure! The staff offered insights on the collections and the history and seemed genuinely happy to spend their time with visitors.

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