There are several different ways to experience the beauty of the Athenaeum’s iconic building, including docent-led tours and guided explorations of our special collections.

Art & Architecture Tours

A one-hour docent-led tour focused on the history of the Athenaeum, our iconic building, and collections. Dates, ticket prices, and reservation for individuals and small groups are found in our events section. Tours are free for members and up to three guests.

Group Tour Fees

Service: Private TourRate: $150 per ten people (up to three groups of ten can be accommodated at a given time).Description: One-hour docent-led building tour; may be combined with private gallery talk.
Service: Academic tour (K-12, homeschool groups, higher education, and lifelong learning groups)Rate: $5 per student, with one educator or chaperone included for every ten students. Aides for students with special needs are free.Description: One-hour docent-led building tour; may be combined with a study center visit and/or a gallery talk.
Service: Study center (available to K-12, homeschool groups, higher education, and lifelong learning groups)Rate: $150 for up to 20 studentsDescription: Our study center can host your class for a viewing of materials from the Special Collections, or provide a classroom-style setting for a lesson or discussion.
Service: Available March 20 – June 22, 2024: Gallery talkRate: $75 for up to 15 peopleDescription: Half-hour docent-led exhibition talks in the Calderwood Gallery.

Academic Visits

Request an academic group visit

Academic visits are available to K-12, homeschool, higher education, and lifelong learning groups. If your institution is not able to support our standard fees, please contact us.

These visits may include a tour of the Athenaeum’s historic landmark building, presentation of materials from our special collections, and/or a tour of our current gallery exhibition. We are happy to work with you to meet your group’s learning goals.

Our special collections support learning across all fields of study, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England history, English and American literature, art, and art history.

Academic tours are limited to 30 students. Visits requiring the use of our study center have a limit of 20 students. We require at least three weeks’ notice to book.

Private Group Tours

Private tours are available for groups of up to 30 people, booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Request a private group tour.

Contact Us

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.