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Providence Athenaeum

Indoor Free
Libaries, Educational, Historical, Special Needs
251 Benefit St, Providence, RI
URL: Providence Athenaeum  Phone: 401-421-6970

Activity Overview

Since 1836, the Providence Athenaeum has served the community as a book lender and cultural center offering educational and cultural programs to suit many interests.

Set in a well-preserved, historic building with impressive architecture, the Athenaeum is the nation's fourth oldest library and houses an extensive, extraordinary collection of works.

Strolling around the aisles, one will see the corners where several literary giants curled up to read. One may also admire the busts of various authors of note, the most recent being a bronze rendition of H.P. Lovecraft.

Things to Do

  • Check the calendar for interesting programs including theatre performances and book readings.
  • Children and family events include a family movie night, active story hour program, and music sessions.
  • Young visitors will appreciate the vibrant children's section that includes a playroom.

Providence Athenaeum Insider Tips

  • Famous visitors to the Athenaeum have included Edgar Allan Poe, Sarah Helen Whitman and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • Closed the first two weeks of August.

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