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Hours & Admission

Red doors of 10 1/2

Step through the whimsical red leather doors at 10½ Beacon Street to discover one of Boston’s oldest and most treasured cultural institutions. Explore the first floor at your own pace to discover treasures of the Athenæum’s collections, take a tour with a docent to dig deeper into the Athenæum’s history and collections, or join us for one of our many thought-provoking events. However you choose to experience the Athenæum, we are certain you will want to return!


Public Hours

Tuesdays 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
Please visit the "Lists of Closings" page for the days the building will be closed.

General Admission

Adults (ages 13 and up) $10
Students and Military $8
Children (ages 12 and under) Free
Boston Athenæum Members Free
Please visit the “Take a Tour” page for pricing information for tours and talks or individual calendar listings for pricing information for events.