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“Great historical experience”
Review of Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum
Ranked #119 of 411 things to do in Boston
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest libraries in the US.
we got a private tour, one of the best in Boston, It is hidden and not marked very well, truly making it a hidden gem in the heart of the city. A private institution, you usually have to make an appointment before visiting. The building architecture is old french renaissance from 1840's, gorgeous with books, maps and other historical items. It is amazing how everything has been so well preserved. It is a great historical experience!

Thank danad804
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

If doing the Freedom Trail, don't miss this free spot! A lovely building with some fantastic architecture, old books, and wonderful art.

Please don't bring your children, your cellphone, or your loud voice.

1  Thank manilapacman
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

I participated in the renovation of this historic site 15 years ago. What a national treasure. Old school style and stacks. A real book lovers dream. Backs up to the Granary Burial Ground. A must see right near the Golden Dome of the State House at 10 1/2 Becon Street.

4  Thank ecmmmm
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

I've been a member for YEARS, and I think this is one of the great hidden jewels in Boston. Although it's a private library, guests are welcomed into the main library, which is a stunning example of classic Boston architecture. It's the oldest library in the country, and they have an amazing collection. Membership is NOT expensive, either!

The library has quirky, cool parties, like The April Fool's Party ... love it.

4  Thank abauman
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

A great private library in Boston. Do join if possible.

Thank kappy26
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