Calling All Curious

A member supported library, museum, and cultural center that everyone is invited to join.

Spotlight
Folio Bistro interior with tables set and a gallery wall with selections of art from the Athenaeum collections.

Folio opens June 25!

Folio is opening soon! We are so happy to share this news with you. Our long-awaited Folio Bistro will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 25. Learn more

Photograph of Harriet Hayden with title of the exhibition.

Final days! Last day June 22

Retelling the story of Harriet Hayden, a remarkable woman who played a crucial role in the city’s — and the nation’s — fight against slavery. These albums reveal the social networks of Boston’s thriving community of Black activists. Learn More

  • Upcoming Programs

    What’s On
  • 06/22/2024 11:00 am

    Grandparents Story Time

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  • 07/13/2024 11:00 am

    Little Groove Music

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  • 07/17/2024 5:30 pm

    Martini Movie Night: Hard Day’s Night

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  • 07/17/2024 5:30 pm

    Children’s Movie Night: The Amazing Maurice

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  • 07/19/2024 3:30 pm

    Art in Focus: Cocktails & Conversations with the Curators

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Student reading, 2nd floor Long Room
At a Glance
1807
year founded
One of the country’s oldest and most distinguished member supported libraries.
500,000
circulating books
From first editions to the latest bestsellers.
12
levels
Book stacks, art, reading rooms, terraces, and more.