The Boston Athenaeum, the largest private lending library in the country, will hold its third-annual open house on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Since its founding in 1807, the Athenaeum has been one of Boston's premier cultural institutions, facilitating the creation of the Museum of Fine Arts and nearly becoming the City of Boston's public library.
Helmed today by Stanford Calderwood Director Elizabeth Barker '92, the Athenaeum is a work and study space as much as a library, with members' social activities that range from chamber concerts to spirits tastings.
At the open house, guests will encounter treasures of the Athenæum collections including portions of George Washington's personal library; the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston: the King's Chapel Collection; and impressive works of art by John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Polly Thayer Starr, and more.
For additional details or to register in advance, please visit https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/openhouse. Advance registration is not required, but wait times should be expected for same-day registration. There will be no admission after 3 pm.
10 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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