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Very historic but still cool!!

Very interesting and historical. The big library full of books was breathtaking! The architecture... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Living History of a Private Library

First, the Athenaeum is located in the city's historic Market Square; worth a visit even if you do... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2019
Kittery Point, Maine
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This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of rare and old publications.
9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4011
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and historical. The big library full of books was breathtaking! The architecture was cool and all the books reminded me of the Beast's library. They had a few displays of different history artifacts. Definitely worth the time!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

First, the Athenaeum is located in the city's historic Market Square; worth a visit even if you do not go to the inside the library. Its bookshelves are more than two stories tall. It is mainly collections of collections of past proprietors since 1817. In...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

My husband and I found the Portsmouth Athenaeum to be, at least to us, a hidden treasure. He found the information he was seeking and I enjoyed the current display.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

All things Portsmouth Historically kept.here! Wikipedia Portsmouth Athenaeum .located in Market Sq operating limited hours it is THE Library of local history a must see!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Paul L
Reviewed November 7, 2017

I LOVE books, so when I read that there was a 200-year-old library in Portsmouth, I knew I needed to stop in. My husband and I weren't disappointed. We lucked out and got to visit their exhibit on the town's history, which was fascinating, but...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank CrystalM2281
Reviewed June 22, 2017

I went to an author's event here, and it was a fascinating program. The building itself is very interesting and old. Great place to check out. I don't know the hours or if it costs money though.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Very cool old library stuffed on the third floor of a building. You enter through a non-descript door and walk up two flights of stairs. You will be told by the staff that you can't go to the floors above or below unless you are...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank konradvonhochstaden
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I had emailed in advance to see if we would be able to tour the Athenaeum. The fabulous Carolyn wrote back that, indeed, we would. We made a special trip to the city to enter the mysterious, but ever-beckoning, Portsmouth Athenaeum. Worth every mile to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Mrs Andrew C
Reviewed October 21, 2016

This collection is like entering a time machine. We were lucky enough to stop in on a day when there was a meeting and the people in the meeting invited us in. The library and collection are wonderful to look at and the building is...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank kas929
Reviewed September 16, 2016

Took us forever to figure out how to get into this place but it was totally worth it! My wife and I spent some time admiring all the antique books when a young man offered to give us a tour. He was wonderful giving us...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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If you are able to walk no more than 10 minutes, then I suggest that you park in the free lots down on lower Pleasant Street or along Parrott Ave - also free. There's an overflow lot on the other side of the South Mill Pond... More