Calling All Curious

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

Spotlight
Photograph of Harriet Hayden with title of the exhibition.

Framing Freedom: The Harriet Hayden Albums

Examines Black abolitionists’ private lives and social activism through the perspective of a Black woman’s photograph albums from the mid-1800s. Learn More

Exhibition title graphic with pansies.

Exhibition: Albums & Assemblages

This exhibition highlights a small sample of the many different types of nineteenth-century photograph albums in our collections Learn More

  • Upcoming Programs

    What’s On
  • 05/01/2024 6:00 pm

    Bearing Witness: Museums and Places Amplifying Black History

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  • 05/02/24 6 pm

    Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • 05/08/24 6 pm

    The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America (Members Only)

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  • 05/11/24 1 – 4 pm

    Tween & Teen Photography Workshop with Big Picture Art House

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  • 05/14/2024 6:00 pm

    Athenaeum Insights: Conversations with Fellows

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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
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