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Give a Gift of Membership

A gift card for a Boston Athenæum membership is a unique gift for every occasion. To purchase a gift membership:

By Phone: Call the Membership Office at (617) 720-7604 during any of the Athenæum's operating hours, with a credit card payment method ready. We can take your payment over the phone, and mail the gift card to your address.

In Person: Visit the Membership team on the first floor during any of the Athenæum's operating hours. We can accept cash, credit cards, or checks for gift cards purchased in-person.

Recipients of a Boston Athenæum gift card can redeem their membership at any time. They can bring the gift card to the Athenæum during our operating hours to fill out our brief New Member information form and activate their membership. By using gift cards, your gift recipient can begin their one-year membership when they are ready, and can provide all of their own contact information, so you do not have to give us their information on their behalf.

For more information, please do not hesitate to call our Membership team at 617-720-7604, or email