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Entertaining at the BA

Entertaining at the BA

Please note that Athenæum's rental program is currently on hold as we are in the midst of an expansion and renovation project. Rentals will resume in early 2023. 

Thank you for your interest in entertaining at the Boston Athenaeum. Founded in 1807, the Athenaeum is one of the most distinguished libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. Situated in the heart of Beacon Hill, our unique and historic atmosphere make us a splendid setting for weddings, corporate receptions, private dinners, and the like. Our spaces have a capacity of up to 130 for a seated event and 200  for a reception. To avoid conflicting with the institution's normal operations, spaces are available for rental most evenings after 5:30 p.m.

The Athenæum also offers a full range of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for lectures, music, and video presentations. 

All pricing is reflective of a 5-hour time window, set-up and breakdown are not included in that timeframe and are at no additional charge. The Boston Athenæums’ in-house caterer, The Catered Affair, must be used for all events. They offer customized menus and full event planning services. To begin the process of booking an event, please reach out to