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Explore one of Boston’s most beautiful spaces

The Boston Athenaeum is your space.

We invite members, visitors, and guests to stroll through our bookshelves, taking in the rare works and new releases; to pause and look at the countless sculptures, paintings, and art pieces around the Athenaeum; to pick a book and settle into a cozy corner to read it; to peruse our periodicals or speak with a librarian about a research need or point of curiosity.

Whatever draws you to the Athenaeum, please say hello and let us know how we can help you get the most from your visit.

Art & Exhibition Admission

Includes access to the current gallery exhibition, art and special collections installations, and stunning architecture throughout the first floor.

Adults (ages 12 and up)$10
Students/Educators/Military$8  with valid ID
Children (ages 11 and under)$5
Card to Culture$2 (details below)
NARM/ROAMNo charge with proof of active membership

We are proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. General admission to the Athenaeum’s first floor is $2 per adult with EBT, WIC, or ConnectorCare card; children 12 & under are free. The discount applies to all members of a household. Additional fees may apply for tours.


This  accessibility guide provides information to help individuals access the many levels of the building.

Contact Member and Visitor Services by email or 617-720-7604 if you need accommodations or seek information beyond the scope of this guide.

Take a Tour

Take a 1-hour docent-led tour focused on the history of the Athenaeum, our building, and collections.

Day Membership

Daylong memberships are just $40 and include full access and member benefits.
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Bag Policy & Visitor Guidelines

Prepare for your visit.

Research Appointments

Make an appointment to view our special collections.

Where to Find Us

10½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Public Transportation

We are within walking distance to the MBTA Red, Green, Orange, and Blue lines as well as commuter rail stations. Park Street is the closest station.


There are a number of parking garages in the area, including Center Plaza/One Beacon Street (enter on Tremont St) and the Boston Common Garage.