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Become a Member

All are welcome at the Athenaeum

The Boston Athenaeum is for everyone who loves books, art, and ideas. Member supported since 1807, the Athenaeum remains a Boston cultural destination and a library like no other. All are welcome to join.

What the Athenaeum has to offer

An expansive collection of 500,000+ books and rare manuscripts ranging from first editions to the latest reads. The joy of browsing the stacks is unmatched.

Amazing spaces with stunning views of Boston, classic architecture, and rooms with cozy nooks for reading, writing, and reflection. Our sun-dappled spaces offer comfy chairs, game tables, and private areas for video and phone calls.

Cultural events and exhibitions including author talks, cocktail and movie nights, concerts, lectures, and dozens of discussion groups on a wide range of topics. Our dedicated art gallery hosts shows and exhibitions all year long.

An ever-growing art collection featuring paintings by John Singer Sargent and Gilbert Stuart, lithographs from the 1800s, and modern paintings and photography.

Most of all, we bring people together around words, art, and ideas to foster a deeper connection to ourselves, our city, and each other.

See our membership options and pricing or join now.