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“Worth a peek!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Providence Athenaeum

Providence Athenaeum
Ranked #25 of 111 things to do in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Worth a peek!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

A total step back into time. Even if you only have 10 minutes to wander around. It is still operating as a membership library but visitors are welcome to come in and wander around.

Free, allow 10-15 minutes.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A special place in this computer age.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

This library would be a perfect movie set. The manual card catalog began as handwritten and the different writing styles are amazing. Peaceful and charming!!!

Visited July 2012
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New York, NY
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28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great working historical place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

Lots of history, charm, quiet. For those looking for an alternative to the business or collegiate party scenes, here it is. Spend a peaceful hour stepping back in time at this intimate old library. A favorite spot to bring friends who've never been to Providence, providing they appreciate its worth. A very special place.

Visited June 2012
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Virginia
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74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“4th oldest library in America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Before free libraries were in existence, libraries were supported by patrons and this library is a perfect example those type of libraries. Small, initimate and very quiet, it is a perfect place to visit and just read a good book.

Enjoy a trip back in time as they have a card catalog.

Visited May 2012
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“Library from your childhood fantasy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012 via mobile

A must see if you are in the area. I found it romantic and very charming

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