Group Visits

Academic Group Visits

We are pleased to welcome K-12, homeschool, higher education and lifelong learning groups to the library either in person or virtually.

Your group visit may include a tour of the Athenæum’s historic landmark building, a live presentation of materials from Special Collections, or both. We will work with you to tailor an experience to your group’s learning goals, including selecting materials from Special Collections and designing activities or guiding questions for studying the materials.

Our Special Collections support learning across all fields of study, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England history, English and American literature, and art and art history. Class visits start at $5 per person.

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Private Tours

We invite groups of five or more people to schedule private tours to experience the beauty of the Athenæum’s iconic building with a BA docent. Learn about the library’s history, its enduring home at 10½ Beacon Street, and its remarkable collections. Groups may also add a live presentation of materials from Special Collections tailored to the group’s interests.

Private tours have a guiding fee of $100 per 10 people plus a per-person admission rate that starts at $5. See the charts below for details.

Service

Rate

Description

Guiding fee

$100 per 10 people

The guiding fee applies to all private tours. Fees listed below are added based on services requested for a visit.

 

Service

Rate

Description

Athenaeum Tour

$5 per person

In addition to the guiding fee, this rate applies for tours of the BA’s historic building. It includes admission to the BA’s public spaces on the same day.

Gallery Talk

$5 per person

In addition to the guiding fee, this rate applies for gallery talks in the current exhibition. It includes admission to the BA’s public spaces on the same day.

Study Center Visit

$10 per person

In addition to the guiding fee, this rate applies for visits to the Study Center to view or work with materials from the BA’s special collections. The rate includes admission to the BA’s public spaces on the same day.

 

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