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Researched Portsmouth hisotry

My husband and I found the Portsmouth Athenaeum to be, at least to us, a hidden treasure. He found... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda J
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Atkinson, New Hampshire
History Buff's!

All things Portsmouth Historically kept.here! Wikipedia Portsmouth Athenaeum .located in Market Sq... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2018
thefitchboi
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Kittery, Maine
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This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of rare and old publications.
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9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4011
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We climbed the two flights of stair to the Athenaeum not sure what to expect but were well rewarded. We are history buffs so this place was right up our alley. They also get extra points for being about the only historic site in Portsmouth...More

4  Thank Hakmat
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 4, 2012

This should not be on the tourist trail, this is a research library that contains New England genealogy and rare books and some artifacts. Currently only part of one floor was available for public viewing. The first floor is closed due to a locked door...More

3  Thank CharlesU_12
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Linda J
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!

Thank thefitchboi
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

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.

Thank Ariele S
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

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

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

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

3  Thank Steve B
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

So many people walk by this place and never venture up the three flights. The library alone is worth visiting as well as the temporary exhibits. The most recent special exhibit features black and white photos of important homes in the area. Make the effort...More

1  Thank 814steven
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

A researcher James gave us a wonderful walking tour while the athenaeum was under construction. Books, artwork, nautical history and curiosities from around the globe. I would recommend this hidden market square gem to art and book enthusiasts.

1  Thank Lindsey B
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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
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