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SOLD OUT: Open House

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This event is SOLD OUT.

Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public
Credit Lovely Valentine

The Athenæum will host its 3rd annual Open House on Saturday, October 22, from 9 am to 4 pm. Visitors will get a rare glimpse of the library’s members-only areas while the entire building, including the iconic fifth-floor reading room, is open for self-guided tours. The Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about the Athenæum’s history, its collections, and its landmark home at 10½ Beacon Street.

Guests will encounter portions of George Washington’s personal library; the King’s Chapel Collection, which is the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston; impressive works of art by John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Polly Thayer Starr, N.C. Wyeth and others; and much more. Docents will be located throughout the building to share interesting tidbits, and to answer visitors’ questions about collections, programming, and membership.

Last entry at 3:00 pm.

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Advance registration is not required, but wait-times should be expected for on-site registration. All visitors will need to check-in upon entry.  Register in advance here.


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