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Hours & Admission

Red doors of 10 1/2**The Athenæum is temporarily closed. Get the latest updates about our COVID-19 response.**

Step 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 come in for one of the thought-provoking events we host every week.

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


Public Hours

Tuesday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday to Saturday  10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Member Hours

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

The Gordon Newspaper Room opens at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays

Visit the Planned Closings page for a list of library holidays and closures.
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
Please visit the “Take a Tour” page for pricing information for tours and talks or individual calendar listings for pricing information for events.