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Give a Gift Membership

A one-year Boston Athenæum membership is a unique gift for every occasion. To purchase a gift membership:

Online: Create an online account (or log in if you already have one) and complete our simple online application. Once logged in, select "Purchase a Gift Membership."

By Phone: Call the Membership Office at (617) 720-7604 during any of the Athenæum's operating hours.

In Person: Visit the Membership team on the first floor during the week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or on the weekend during normal operating hours. A self-service station is provided for weekday transactions after 5:00 p.m.

By Mail: Download, print, and mail a completed gift membership form and mail it to the address below. We are also happy to send you a membership form and an addressed, postage-paid envelope for your convenience. You may request one at

Membership Office
Boston Athenæum
10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Recipients of a gift membership will be mailed a welcome packet and membership card within one week of the Athenæum receiving your purchase. If you wish for the Athenæum to "hold" the welcome packet longer than one week and/or send it to you directly so you may present it yourself, please clearly indicate that on the order form.