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The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, built as a gift to the community, opened in 1871. Shortly after the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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Small but well-wrought

A veritable jewel on the Main Street of St Johnsbury, this gorgeous building in the 19th century... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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A public library with an art gallery.
Main Street, Saint Johnsbury, VT
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, built as a gift to the community, opened in 1871. Shortly after the opening of the library a Gallery was designed to house a hand-picked selection of art which includes Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite. At the time it was said with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

A veritable jewel on the Main Street of St Johnsbury, this gorgeous building in the 19th century French Second Empire architectural style serves as a public reference and borrowing library for the local community as well as housing an art gallery in its inner chamber...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Drove from Burlington to St. J--about an hour and a half to this delightful and interesting small gallery in the library. Our docent Ewa was quite amazing as she told us about the Bierstadt painting (The Domes of the Yosemite) in detail which we'd never...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lovetotravelVT
Reviewed October 23, 2018

amazing little library and gallery. Great architecture! Librarian very helpful, there is a guide book explaining the paintings.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Faithy28
Reviewed October 15, 2018

I recently visited the Athenaeum with friends. Upon entering we were impressed with the architecture especially in the young adults reading room. We wanted to see the famous "Domes" painting which was located in a gallery behind closed doors with other pieces and a sign...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lildbee
Reviewed September 3, 2018

I love libraries, so make it a point to go to the local branch wherever I visit. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a gorgeous historic building with a helpful staff. There was an art exhibit available for viewing that we enjoyed.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda M
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The Athenaeum is a must see if you are in St Johnsbury. Not only is it a fabulous library, but it also has a fantastic art gallery. The Athenaeum also is an important part of the StJohnsbury cultural and educational scene and has many events,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BachiCat
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved visiting the Athenaeum. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We viewed the art gallery, the main library and the children's room. The children's room was built as a part of FDR's WPA and features beautiful painted murals of Heidi and Hiawatha....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mddem
Reviewed July 31, 2018

This wonderful building, has an art collection, and all elements to occupy one in going to a library, both modern and traditional. Going to a library that has the wonderful second "tier" over the book alcoves, and reading rooms, was a wonderful discovery. In this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mtngate
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This library, which is much more than just a library, is an extraordinarily beautiful building. Beyond the building itself, there is some very interesting art, the staff are helpful and friendly, and it is well worth the visit, if only to take in the ambiance....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Alan46-Maine
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