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Providence Athenaeum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Beautiful private library that welcomes the public

Felt welcome to visit this private collection, with fascinating history. This is a peaceful site... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
a review from a Library freak oh my goodness

well they have items on the shelves that are so rare and also some that are just normal. However... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2019
Barry N
Coventry, Rhode Island
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The Providence Athenæum is an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. Over its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and...more
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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+1 401-421-6970
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Felt welcome to visit this private collection, with fascinating history. This is a peaceful site worth a quick visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Chris_vonR
Reviewed 29 January 2019

well they have items on the shelves that are so rare and also some that are just normal. However this great building which is a hidden gem is an Icon in the State of RI that should not be missed. It is not huge,but what...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Barry N
Reviewed 12 December 2018

I had heard that Poe had used this library as well as H.P. Lovecraft, so I had to pop in and visit. It's not large by today's standards, but it's full of nooks and crannies and old wood catalogs that make you feel you are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ChillinTheWorld
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Inside this beautiful building is a world of real books (complete with card catalogue!) and helpful docents. The architecture and decor would be worth a visit; the rare books collection astonishing. The shelves are filled with books, some familiar, others waiting to be explored. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cynthia E
Reviewed 29 November 2018

This place is amazing. I wish I'd been able to check out their rare book collection and maps, but they weren't open at our visit. The architecture is amazing. You can see it in a few minutes or sit and read a while. Enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank C3718TTbarryw
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Continuing my HP Lovecraft theme, I wanted to visit was of his favorite and most often sited haunts. A neat old library that's well worth a quick (or long) peak.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank scottmitchell74
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Not much to see but very interesting old-fashioned library absolutely crammed with books in every nook and cranny. Free to enter.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 401lind
Reviewed 31 August 2018

What an awesome place to look around! We did the self guided Raven tour. Edgar Allan Poe was a famous visitor. Very interesting. The staff was helpful with questions.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TripVbarS
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Lovely historic building hosting a quaint but modern public library. Outstanding. Excellent, helpful staff. Lovely sitting room downstairs. Great architecture. Best of all worlds. Spend some quiet time. Relaxing and good for the soul.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank garygDC
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We enjoyed the Athenaeum, but it was rather hot on the day we visited and they were not cooling down the building very much. Otherwise, we would have stayed longer. There were several visitors who were in the lower level of the building due to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JMTurnbow
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