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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
+1 401-421-6970
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Interesting but Awkward to Visit

Our family mostly enjoyed a visit here. We walked around and saw books in every nook and cranny... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Webster, NY
Historic and charming old library

When I walked in the door, I imagined that I was in the 1800s when the library was founded. I... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2017
Kent D
Central Falls, Rhode Island
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One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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+1 401-421-6970
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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
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

Thank Kent D
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.

Thank turbotrevor
Reviewed 12 October 2017

A sense of history back to 1753, comfort, books, nostalgia, a wonderfully maintained building, peace and quiet, an accommodating and helpful staff, nooks and crannies, a short/engaging self guided tour and the feel of "wisdom" from Athena, the goddess of wisdom, herself! Not to be...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This place has history oozing out of its walls. There are little nooks where you can sit, surrounded by books and read or just enjoy the atmosphere and think (or daydream). The lower level is more like a lounge -lovely leather seats and lighting you...More

Thank Esprit_2012
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I had never wondered what people did before there were public libraries. This is a subscription library with a very extensive collection of books, including a children's area. It is very historic and is still operating. It is worth stopping by for a quick look.

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I happened on to this beautiful place, privately funded, and, a tribute to libraries and their collections anywhere! The building is beautiful, the selection of books, reference materials, and, periodicals, is vast! The atmosphere old- worldy, and, very nice. If you love books, and, victorian...More

Thank eventsbythirteen
Reviewed 12 July 2017

You wouldn't tell from it's exterior, but inside is a real architectural gem of a space. Walking into the Athenaeum is like walking back in time. You can almost feel the presence of HP Lovecraft. Even if you're not a library buff, you owe yourself...More

Thank Steven T
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Love this little library. Very cozy. On beautiful Benefit Street across from the Court House. Great books and art work.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 6 June 2017 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
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