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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
+1 401-421-6970
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Great old library

While we were wandering around Benefit Street taking in the beautiful historic homes, we came upon... read more

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Jude_922
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Love libraries, especially those with history

The Providence Athenæum was founded and incorporated in 1836. One of its most famous visitors was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. At its heart, the Athenæum encourages a love of reading and learning to all. Free & open to the public.
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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"private library"
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"love books"
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"creaky floors"
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Reviewed yesterday

While we were wandering around Benefit Street taking in the beautiful historic homes, we came upon the Providence Athenaeum. If you love old well-maintained unique buildings, you will enjoy stopping in for a peak. It is a beautiful building and we loved wandering around the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Providence Athenæum was founded and incorporated in 1836. One of its most famous visitors was Edgar Allan Poe who traveled to Providence in order to meet and court the wealthy Rhode Island widow, Sarah Helen Whitman in 1848. The couple spent time together in...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful library with character and great looks. They welcome everyone inside. Old architecture which has tons of age and history. Enormous selection of books that all college alumni enjoy reading. Definitely worth a visit !!

Thank Erik D
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

I love books and old libraries so this was great to see. My husband doesn’t really care but he was so surprised to see books on their shelves from the 1800s! Its rather small but stacked with books everywhere. Worth the 10min it takes to...More

Thank Alison R
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

What a beautiful library! This was my favorite part of my trip to Providence. Not only is it picturesque on the inside, but there is a wonderful variety of unusual books there that I could have spent hours looking through. Of course it is a...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Very good visit. First time in an old library like this. Loved the stacks and ladders and overall historical feel of the place. Very nice and comfy reading area below street level.

Thank kevin s
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We got to this place tired and sore after a day of walking around Providence. The second I stepped in I was rejuvenated. A beautiful library with a lot of history.

Thank Kirk O
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Our family mostly enjoyed a visit here. We walked around and saw books in every nook and cranny. A self guided tour tells more about the library history. It was interesting to consider the history and nature of private libraries. On street parking can be...More

Thank MommaJage
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

When I walked in the door, I imagined that I was in the 1800s when the library was founded. I spent two hours wandering around, perusing the books, listening to the creaky floors, exploring the dark corners filled with books I had never imagine existed....More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is a very old private library that is beautiful. There isn't a lot to see, but its a unique experience.

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