The Boston Athenæum is located at 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.
By Public Transportation
MBTA Green or Red Line to Park Street Station. Walk up the hill through the Boston Common or on Park Street toward the State House. Take a right onto Beacon Street. The Athenæum is located a half-block away on the right and is a large brownstone building with a stone railing in front. Enter at the red door with 10 ½ marked on the glass.
From the West: Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90)
Exit 22 (Prudential Center/Copley Square). Follow signs to Copley Square (right lane). Left on Dartmouth St. (first light). Right on Boylston St. (second light). Note: Boylston splits at Arlington--Stay left! Left on Charles St.; right on Beacon St.
From the North or South: I-93 (via Storrow Drive)
Exit 26 (Storrow Drive). Exit at Government Center/Kendall Sq./Cambridge. Follow signs to Government Center (Cambridge St.). Stay on Cambridge St. as it turns into Tremont St.
From Tremont, take a right onto Park and another right onto Beacon.
- Center Plaza/One Beacon Street (entrance accessible only from Tremont St.)
- Allright Parking (across the street from the Boston Athenæum)
- The Boston Common Garage
The entrance to the Boston Athenæum
|Mo - We:
||9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Members Access to the 1st Floor
|Mo - Fr:
||8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
|List of Closings
The first floor and exhibition galleries are open to the public. All other floors are open to members only, however, they can be viewed on one of the weekly Art and Architecture Tours.
To ensure the security and maintain the integrity of the Athenæum’s collections, photography of any kind is not permitted within the Boston Athenæum. Unsolicited requests for permission to photograph within the building, whether made by amateur or professional photographers, cannot be accommodated.
Members are allowed to bring a well behaved dog on a leash into the Athenæum. Pets are NOT permitted, however, in the Norma Jean Calderwood Galleries or the Recent Acquisitions Gallery at any time.
M. Dapper Dog