Take a Tour

We cannot wait to show you what’s behind our beautiful red doors! Join one of our docents to experience the beauty of the Athenæum’s iconic building on a one-hour tour. Learn about the library’s history, its enduring home at 10½ Beacon Street, and its remarkable collections while walking through grand spaces and cozy nooks.

Reserve your spot here


Art & Architecture Tours 

Join a Boston Athenæum docent for a tour focused on the history of the Athenæum, its iconic building, and its remarkable collections. Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a member who frequents the building, the stories are sure to fascinate you as you walk through the historic library.


Members and their guests, included with membership
Adults (ages 12 and up) $15
Students/Educators/Military $10 (valid ID required)
Children (ages 11 and under) $8
Card to Culture $4


Field Trips and Private Group Visits

We are pleased to offer both virtual and on-site visits for groups of all kinds. Your visit may include a tour of the Athenæum’s historic landmark building, a live presentation of materials from special collections, or both.

See our Group Visits page for more information and to schedule your trip to the Athenæum.