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Boston Athenaeum

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Boston Athenaeum

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Cindy T wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia110 contributions31 helpful votes
Our local guide recommended that I come here when he discovered I was a LIbrarian/Library Educator as he thought I would enjoy "Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library". So on Friday I tried to visit but it was closed due to a private function. Fair enough! Then tried to go on Saturday. When we go there (just after 4.00pm) we were told that it was closed to Visitors at 4.00pm. I explained that I was an Australian Librarian and could not come back as we were leaving in the morning, but the Librarian/Attendants did not budge, not one bit. This inflexible behaviour adds to the ongoing perception that Librarians have no customer service skills, are unfriendly and better off at shussing people than problem solvers. There was no-one else around so letting us (my son and I) in would not have hurt especially since the Library was open to members until 5.00pm. Really disappointing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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jac222018 wrote a review Dec 2019
Boston, Massachusetts27 contributions11 helpful votes
This is a hidden gem! My family and I did the 'Art and Architecture Tour' and it was one of the best tours we've ever done in Boston. The docent was outstanding, knowledgeable, and lots of fun. The building holds so much history and beautiful artwork. Absolutely do not miss!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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adalbert3 wrote a review Dec 2019
Newport Beach, California5,365 contributions276 helpful votes
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One can take a tour or just walk through--there is a cost of admittance, but we were happy to pay it in support of such a noteworthy organization---as it is one of the oldest independent libraries in the U.S.. The setting itself sets a wonderful tone and the artwork is gorgeous--a John Adams portrait by Gilbert Stuart and a James Monroe portrait by Samuel F. B. Morse are just two examples. There is a great children's section and if you have the time, just sit in the Henry Long Room for a few moments and enjoy the ambience. Check out my photos for more details.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MF62373 wrote a review Oct 2019
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Everytime I visit this magnificent building, something new catches my eye. My husband and I attended an author's talk last week and listening to the speaker, my eye couldn't help but be distracted by the room, the art. If you can, take a tour of the building. Well worth it to learn the history. We are fortunate to be new members and enjoy all the Athenaeum has to offer
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Susie M wrote a review Aug 2019
West Yorkshire1,988 contributions201 helpful votes
I was lucky, as on my spare night they were running a tour. The building and interior is fascinating and cosy and the lady doing the tour was so enthusiastic and interesting. We were only a group of three and it takes about an hour but there’s some great photo opportunities, doesn’t cost much($10) and takes about an hour.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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