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Fifth Annual Open House

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration is NOT required, but recommended
Free and open to the public
Docent talking to visitors

Fifth Annual Open House

Join us for our fifth annual Open House, a rare opportunity to step beyond the Athenæum’s red doors and access the library’s members-only areas. The entire building, including the iconic fifth-floor reading room, will be open for self-guided tours. Docents and staff members stationed throughout the building will share information about the institution’s history, its vast collections, and its landmark home at 10½ Beacon Street.

Visitors will encounter treasures of the Athenæum’s collections including portions of George Washington’s personal library; the King’s Chapel Collection—the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston; and works of art by John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Polly Thayer Starr, and N.C. Wyeth.

Last entry at 4 pm.

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Advance registration is recommended but not required. Visitors registering on-site should expect a wait at the door. All visitors must check in upon entry and store bags and jackets at the coat check. 

To register, follow the registration button on the right. If you would prefer your information to pre-populate, log in to your My Athenæum Profile. To log in to your My Athenæum Profile click on the profile icon found in the upper right corner of each page on our website.

If you do not yet have a profile, select “New User? Create an account” on the Profile Login page. Members create their own accounts; a username and password are not assigned when you join the Athenæum.

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Most programs held in the Bayard Henry Long Room on the Athenaeum's first floor are amplified and assistive listening devices are available for patron use.

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To request ASL interpretation services for any of the Athenaeum's programs, please contact Hannah Weisman at 617-720-7617 or