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Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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Outstanding Private Library

An outstanding private library in a wonderful 19th century building facing Washington Square... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Really really amazing - a gem!

Don’t miss this free exhibit. Beautiful house and history. You could easily spend an hour or two... read more

Reviewed June 1, 2018
Dublin, Ireland
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A non-profit library and historic site furnished with fine and decorative arts from the first half of the 19th century. Free exhibitions.
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219 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3719
City Center East
+1 215-925-2688
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank larryderm
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nova1994
Reviewed March 31, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jfratto
Reviewed September 29, 2016

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!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank steve f
Reviewed July 15, 2016

This is a small museum off Washington Square. The exhibits are free, and also quite interesting. The current one documents 250 years of Independence Hall, and the changes that occurred to it and the surrounding vicinity.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed June 9, 2016

After you have walked through Washington Square Park you might want to stop by the Athenaeum on East Washington Square at 219 Sixth Street to experience another aspect of Philadelphia’s renowned history. The Athenaeum was founded in 1814. It is a member-supported library and museum,...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed March 16, 2016

I've done research at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, curating historic images of my fair city for a show I was producing; I've also attended terrific lectures by well-known authors, historians, and cultural explorers. Lectures are only $10 and usually include a glass of wine with...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank SuzanneCloud
Reviewed October 2, 2015

On Washington Square, close-by other major attractions but little visited, the Athenaeum hides itself away. It’s free to enter and will reward you for doing so. The history and current-day purpose of the Athenaeum, its changing gallery display, and items relating to Napoleon Bonaparte and...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank Martin T
Reviewed September 20, 2015

There are so many reasons to visit the Athenaeum - the lovely building, the library, the architectural archives, and, particularly the special programs. Some of the daytime programs are really unique and are geared to suit a range of ages. Evening programs are followed by...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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