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Nantucket Atheneum

1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Love historic libraries

This was a great stop...I love visiting local historic libraries and this one was special... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Bluffton, South Carolina
Awesome library!

One of my favorite library's. They have a huge selection, and if you get a card, you get access to... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Alexandra J L
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. Our iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and a beautiful, inviting garden.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a great stop...I love visiting local historic libraries and this one was special, especially the children's room. Very nicely done!

Thank RoseDhu
Reviewed 13 April 2017

One of my favorite library's. They have a huge selection, and if you get a card, you get access to tons of digital media and ebooks online. Very nice!

Thank Alexandra J L
Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you're looking for any book, DVD, magazine or Nantucket history they will have it. They have a fantastic children's section, computers on the second level and often quest speakers frequently.

Thank 145Esprit
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this building on the walking tour run by the Whaling Museum. A very grand building indeed.

Thank Mantaaal
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Interior filled with lovely white rooms full of books and exhibits. Childrens' Museum superb and inviting. Came upon a neat puppet show for kids going on in front of museum/library. Should be noted as place where one-time librarian Maria Mitchell worked for 20 years in...More

Thank ClaudiusIV
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A very distinguished building and an icon too, when you are walking along Main Street, you could see it from Stop and Shop, a good place to visit too.

Thank Jun J
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Take a gander in this cool place. Look at the vast books as well as the collection of ivory and whale artifacts.

Thank thebrickhouse
Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you are planning to stay in Nantucket for a while, I highly recommend getting a membership at the Atheneum. Membership is free and you can rent books for 2 weeks and DVDs for a week. They have a nice environment so it is a...More

Thank arnob115
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot downtown to take a break, find a bench, and relax. While in Nantucket for ten days I brought my kids over multiple times to run in the grass and climb the trees. What a gorgeous library. We did venture inside...More

1  Thank BostonMom333
Reviewed 8 July 2016

A true community gathering place. Houses the library, but has lectures by authors, politicians, artists, et al. Hosts many local events like last weekends Artist Association Fair featuring local artists and artisans. Beautiful outdoor garden area.

1  Thank ACKGAL18
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