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Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3719
+1 215-925-2688
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Hidden Treasure!

Just across from Washington Square Park this small museum and library is truly a hidden treasure... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
steve f
Liverpool, New York
Athenaeum of Philadelphia

This is a small museum off Washington Square. The exhibits are free, and also quite interesting... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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A non-profit library and historic site furnished with fine and decorative arts from the first half of the 19th century. Free exhibitions.
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29 Sep 2016
“Hidden Treasure!”
15 Jul 2016
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219 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3719
City Center East
+1 215-925-2688
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Just across from Washington Square Park this small museum and library is truly a hidden treasure. Nice artifacts and a beautiful library make this a nice place to visit for free. Donations only if you want and we did!

Thank steve f
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This is a small museum off Washington Square. The exhibits are free, and also quite interesting. The current one documents 250 years of Independence Hall, and the changes that occurred to it and the surrounding vicinity.

Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed 9 June 2016

After you have walked through Washington Square Park you might want to stop by the Athenaeum on East Washington Square at 219 Sixth Street to experience another aspect of Philadelphia’s renowned history. The Athenaeum was founded in 1814. It is a member-supported library and museum,...More

1  Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 16 March 2016

I've done research at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, curating historic images of my fair city for a show I was producing; I've also attended terrific lectures by well-known authors, historians, and cultural explorers. Lectures are only $10 and usually include a glass of wine with...More

Thank SuzanneCloud
Reviewed 2 October 2015

On Washington Square, close-by other major attractions but little visited, the Athenaeum hides itself away. It’s free to enter and will reward you for doing so. The history and current-day purpose of the Athenaeum, its changing gallery display, and items relating to Napoleon Bonaparte and...More

2  Thank Martin T
Reviewed 21 September 2015

There are so many reasons to visit the Athenaeum - the lovely building, the library, the architectural archives, and, particularly the special programs. Some of the daytime programs are really unique and are geared to suit a range of ages. Evening programs are followed by...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

This really is a great building, not just because of the architecture but because of the history as well! Athenaeums were very popular in the early 19th century, and I love that they've made such great use of it even today!

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 15 June 2015

Located in the old city, this 4 story free standing bulding dates from the mid 19th c. Prominent Philadelphiands belonged to this archive. Interesting documents are protected on the 4th floor. Ground floor features changing exhibits from the archives like artists sketch pads. Great staff...anyone...More

Thank DianneWheatley
Reviewed 28 May 2015

Founded in 1814, and constructed in 1845, this impressive structure houses architectural archives of over 350,000 photographs, 180,000 drawings, and manuscripts of about a thousand American architects. It is a membership-based research library and for architectural studies. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in...More

3  Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 31 December 2014

The Athenaeum provides interesting and informative programs to the membership and some to the general public.

Thank Gerald Karl W
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