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Hours & Admission

Red doors of 10 1/2January 5: Per the City of Boston's order to revert temporarily to Phase 2 restrictions, the Athenæum is open to members for book pick-up and drop-off in the lobby only.

Read the latest updates about our COVID-19 response.

Pass through the red doors at 10½ Beacon Street to discover one of Boston’s most enduring, treasured cultural institutions.

Explore the library's first floor to see highlights from the collections, take a tour with a docent to learn about our history and holdings, or join one of the thought-provoking events we host every week (all virtually, for now).

However you choose to experience the Athenæum, we offer a warm welcome, along with an invitation to return.


Member Hours (currently suspended; see our COVID-19 information page)


Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday  9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Gordon Newspaper Room will open at 9:00 a.m. until further notice.

Visit the Planned Closings page for a list of library holidays and closures.
**The Day Pass program and visitor admissions are suspended for now.**
Admission to the First Floor (including the Calderwood Gallery)
Adults (ages 13 and up) $10
Students and Military $8
Children (ages 12 and under) Free
Boston Athenæum Members Free
Full Building Admission
Day Pass $40—visit the Day Passes page for information.
**Virtual tours and virtual events are taking place!**

Please visit the “Take a Tour” page for information on tours and talks, or individual calendar listings for events.