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Hours and Admission

Red doors of 10 1/2We're open!

During construction, we're pleased to welcome members and Day Pass users.

Experience Boston's historic library and cultural center. We're located at 10½ Beacon Street—near the State House, Boston Common, and the Park Street T, but during our renovation, we'll be using our entrance at 14 Beacon Street, a few steps away from the iconic red doors at 10 1/2. Join our Director Leah Rosovsky as she gives a short video tour of the temporary entrance.

When you arrive at the temporary entrance, you'll use a touchpad to be welcomed in. Press the touchpad. Press "Directory." Press "Boston Athenæum." Press "Call," and a member of the security staff will buzz you in.


Opening Hours


9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Friday and Saturday

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Visit the Planned Closings page for a list of library holidays and closures.
Full Building Admission for Non-Members
Want to experience all member floors of the Athenæum?
Day Pass $40—visit the Day Passes page for information.
Tours and virtual events are happening!

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