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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
+1 401-421-6970
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One of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

This is Amazing. And it's always empty. It s One of the most beautiful libraries I have ever been... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa S
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New York City, New York
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amazing blast to the past yet relevent today

a sight worth seeing, quaint, short, or spend some time there, historically educational, but you... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
izakthemindful
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Santa Monica, California
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One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is Amazing. And it's always empty. It s One of the most beautiful libraries I have ever been to. I like Providence because it Is extremely civilized. My Father participated in restoring this historical town years ago. I also Curated a Vintage Photograph Show...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 19 April 2017

a sight worth seeing, quaint, short, or spend some time there, historically educational, but you can read and even buy some books today...I spent time glancing a t a guide book that served me well for the Providence area...worth a quick (or longer) stop...

Thank izakthemindful
Reviewed 24 November 2016

What a treasure! Take the self-guided tour of this 19th century library frequented by Edgar Allen Poe, his fiance Rose Whitman ( learn the story of their breakup two days before their wedding), the Franklin Society, and HP Lovecraft. The collection is fascinating and well-worth...More

Thank Meg B
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This was a lovely little find. It's a wonderful old library with quiet spaces to read or study. Worth visiting if you're in the neighbourhood of Brown University, it's really charming.

Thank something_similar
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Really a very nice space. Quiet, hushed voices. Creaky floor boards, incandescent lighting and old card index system. Reminds me of libraries of my childhood.

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a little library but worth a couple of minutes to see how it was done in early New England. The stacks are all open and standing at the door you can see all but the bottom floor. It is pretty and old fashioned...More

Thank Joe1234665
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is a beautiful, historical & small library, created by people of culture! It is restful and inviting place to read, rest, look at books. The inside was so thoughtfully constructed, it must have been a place of pride for the founders back in the...More

1  Thank 4adventure
Reviewed 6 August 2016

It is definately worth a ten minute walk thru this beautiful old library located a block or two away from Brown University.

1  Thank phillys53933
Reviewed 31 July 2016

You can guide yourself trough this tiny, yet very cosy and unique library. There are folders with a raven on it that tell you where to go.

Thank Curlygirlabroad_1
Reviewed 31 July 2016

No computers. No media centers. An interior essentially unchanged probably since the 1930s. Books and art, art and books, stashed in a beautiful old building with a friendly and helpful staff. And really cool stuff about Lovecraft (Providence's own) and Poe, too. Rare book room...More

Thank ShelHorowitz
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