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Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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larryderm wrote a review Aug 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania789 contributions207 helpful votes
An outstanding private library in a wonderful 19th century building facing Washington Square. Shareholders are privileged to attend a number of lectures and exhibits annually.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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StephenCross wrote a review Jun 2018
Dublin, Ireland14,849 contributions1,458 helpful votes
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Don’t miss this free exhibit. Beautiful house and history. You could easily spend an hour or two here. Lots of architectural drawings and statues. The library is simply stunning - see photo. The amazing clock in the Reading room (see photo) is huge. Recommended.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Nova1994 wrote a review Apr 2018
Montclair, New Jersey17 contributions8 helpful votes
My friends and I had some free time and had heard of this library through word of mouth. The attractive building is right near a park with lots of inviting benches and a fountain. Inside, the Athenaeum had one room devoted to an exhibit of photography of “hidden” Philly, or those places that are abandoned or the public just doesn’t see. Very interesting. Another room was devoted to one of the Bonapartes and the library upstairs, while smallish, had lots to take in, like a clock and case, massive world globe, and other historical items. Our visit was perhaps 30-40 minutes and then within minutes we got to Chinatown to eat. The librarian was friendly and answered our questions. It’s worth taking a peek in if you’re in the area. It’s free.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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jfratto wrote a review Mar 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania37 contributions31 helpful votes
It's the 2nd oldest in the country. In case you don't know an Athenaeum is a library and learning center in the subjects of City Planning, Architecture and the Arts. It's brainy and sophisticated but never stuffy. Whether visiting to se its displayed objects or attend a lecture or to sit for a while and read, it is a welcoming venue, located on Washington Sguare East. And for a surprise, believe it or not there is a small room dedicated to Napoleon's brother Joseph with various artifacts from the period of his residence in Philadelphia. The Athenaeum is also a 5 minute walk to other museums of this historical city, including the Constitution Center, Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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steve f wrote a review Sep 2016
Liverpool, New York684 contributions157 helpful votes
Just across from Washington Square Park this small museum and library is truly a hidden treasure. Nice artifacts and a beautiful library make this a nice place to visit for free. Donations only if you want and we did!
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Date of experience: September 2016
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