Join us for our 4th annual Open House, a rare opportunity to step beyond the Athenæum’s red leather doors and access the library’s members-only areas. The entire building, including the iconic fifth-floor reading room, will be open for self-guided tours. Docents and staff members stationed throughout the building will share information about the institution’s history, its vast collections, and its landmark home at 10½ Beacon Street.
Visitors will encounter treasures of the Athenæum’s collections including portions of George Washington’s personal library; the King’s Chapel Collection—the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston; and works of art by John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Polly Thayer Starr, and N.C. Wyeth.
Last entry at 3 pm.
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Advance registration is recommended but not required. Visitors registering on-site should expect a wait at the door. All visitors must check in upon entry and store bags and jackets at the coat check.
Optional registration begins September 4 at 9 am.
To register, go to: https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300
The Athenæum's five galleried floors overlook the peaceful Granary Burying Ground, and, as Gamaliel Bradford wrote in 1931, "it is safe to say that [no library] anywhere has more an atmosphere of its own, that none is more conducive to intellectual aspiration and spiritual peace." The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.