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Boston Athenaeum
10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Quick Reference

General Inquiries: 617-227-0270

Visitor Services: 617-720-7612

Membership: · 617-720-7604

Event: · 617-720-7600

Entertain at the BA: View details about function rentals here.

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Who to Contact

Membership questions
Host a private event

For more information, complete the inquiry form. Once we have the information, we will contact you to discuss more details.

Entertain at the BA
Tours for your class or group
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Athenaeum calendar events
Renew a book

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Photo and video shoot inquiries

Want to use the Athenaeum as a location for your photo or video shoots? A 30-day notice is required.

Reference / Reader Services

Reference/Reader Services
617-720-0270 x 302

Mary Warnement
William D. Hacker Head of Reader Services

Carolle R. Morini
Caroline D. Bain Archivist, Reference Librarian

View rare materials and inquire about fine art

The curators who care for the Boston Athenaeum’s collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts will answer basic questions about objects in the institution’s art collection. However, the staff does not perform biographical research on artists or conduct research on objects that are not in the Athenaeum’s collection.

Most documentation and research files concerning objects in the collection are available for inspection by serious researchers, graduate students, curators, scholars, and members of the Athenaeum by appointment only. 

Research Appointments
Scans & Permission Requests
Special collections inquiries

Special Collections

Exhibition proposals

The Boston Athenaeum will consider exhibition proposals submitted by professional curators or museum staff only. All unsolicited exhibition proposals will not be considered and materials will not be returned to the sender. The Boston Athenaeum does not organize or host solo exhibitions of the work of living artists.

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