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Review of The Atheneum

The Atheneum
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in New Harmony
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Owner description: Famed architect Richard Meier designed this museum that is dedicated to the history of New Harmony.
Mason, Ohio
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Did I miss something?”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Aside from the short video (which did not include enough information) and the model of the town during the first settlement of the town, this is nothing but a big, white building with a heck of a lot of staircases and a minimal gift shop.

Visited July 2012
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Hazelwood, Missouri
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121 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good first stop in New harmony.”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

The ladies inside were very helpful in letting us know what items to be sure to visit and where we could find them. Map they provided us was super! Cool looking building to be sure. Should have looked around a little more, but were only in town for a short stop on the way home.

Visited June 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Terrific architecture, not too much help”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

The architecture of this visitors center--startling white Richard Meier near historic log cabins--is quite thought-provoking. If you don't "get it," it's about the bend in the Wabash River, sacred geometry, and the utopian experiments that underlie the history of the small town.

First time visitors probably should view the film if they want to appreciate the history and heritage of New Harmony. It's shown on the second floor. The gift shop is small but thoughtful, and offerings do change over time.

The greeting and advice from the volunteers there varies in quality. Recently I've found the helpfulness of those volunteers declining, but that could be due to my now extensive knowledge of the town and what it represents.

Because of the quite asymmetrical design of this building, be sure to view it from every angle and at all times of day (or at least all daylight conditions) if you enjoy architecture.

Visited April 2012
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Southern Illinois
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322 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Whats The Point Exactly?”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

First and foremost the staff at The Athenum were very accommodating, especially Josh. He was very knowledgeable and was able to recite the history of both the town and museum. The building itself is sleek, modern and somewhat pretentious. It stands literally in front of a cornfield, but looks like it should be part of an urban skyline. It has lots of wasted space and contains very few artifacts. It does, however, contain a scale reproduction of the first settlement which proved to be interesting.

Visited June 2012
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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164 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A Marvelous example of contemporary architecture”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

I like contemporary buildings. This is one of the most interesting, designed by Richard Meyer, a famous architect. The employee there was most helpful in getting me acquainted with New Harmony. The grounds are wooded and green, and just a couple of blocks away are 150 year old homes from the original New Harmony establishment.

Visited May 2012
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