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“Hidden piece of history!”

Providence Athenaeum
Ranked #23 of 120 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hidden piece of history!”
Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Great library with great collections. Several activities that are open to the public and a fairly active children's library. It is truly a lovely library!

Visited February 2014
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Banning, California
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“It's a beautiful library but”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Someone said "A further reason to visit the Athenaeum is to see the bronze bust of H. P. Lovecraft there by by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios. It was unveiled in August 2013,"
They declined to mention he is a Rev. in the Church of Satan so I hardly think that part of this great destination is something to celebrate!

Visited March 2014
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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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3 reviews
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“Great for young children and adults”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The children's space is wonderful and separate from the rest of the library so you are not as worried about your children disturbing other patrons. Staff is wonderful and I love the playroom with blocks, art supplies and other fun stuff. My 4 year old loves it here and so do I. Something about a historic, classic library just makes me happy.

Visited February 2014
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Providence, Rhode Island
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“An underappreciated gem”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

This is a library as libraries should be, with rows of old and new books and periodicals, knowledgeable librarians, and nooks where you can curl up and read. The Friday afternoon Salons are a signature Providence event. It's member-supported but open to the public (though only members can take books out).

Visited December 2013
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IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“If you're in the area, you must visit”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

We came to explore the downtown area and stopped at this library for a brief visit. The building was completed in 1838. The interior is unique and full of character. Even though it takes a short amount of time to walk through the library, I enjoyed the beautiful architecture, especially the second floor. You can easily imagine the experience of 19th century library patrons in this wonderful piece of history.

Visited September 2013
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