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Hours & Admission

Red doors of 10 1/2

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 strive to offer a warm welcome, along with an invitation 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

Visit the "Lists of Closings" page for the days the building will be closed.
Please be advised that both Terrace areas were secured for the winter effective Friday, November 9, 2018.

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.