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Providence Athenaeum, Providence

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The Providence Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported subscription library in Providence, Rhode Island. The building is open to the public, but only members can check out items from the collection.

The library was established in 1836 as a merger between two earlier subscription libraries: The Providence Library Company, founded in 1753, and the Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1831. It became "The Providence Athenaeum" by amendment to its charter in 1850.
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  • Beautiful library with self-guided tours. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person and they take credit card and cash. You have to check in by going to the office on the left hand side to get a.....  more
    Beautiful library with self-guided tours. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person and they take credit card and cash. You have to check in by going to the office on the left hand side to get a.....  more »
  • Our family of four loved this museum, it had an incredible variety, was just the perfect size to keep the kids entertained and the exhibits were incredible. Highly recommend. 
    Our family of four loved this museum, it had an incredible variety, was just the perfect size to keep the kids entertained and the exhibits were incredible. Highly recommend.  more »
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  • One of our favorite places in Providence. The staff is friendly and helpful and it’s definitely worth a visit. We also love that it is dog friendly.
  • In these days of indefatigable science and redoubtable art, the proposition has been advanced (and believed by many) that there is no absolute truth which to my mind begs the question: is that absolutely true? As in much else, perhaps the library can elucidate...

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