Providence Athenaeum, Providence

Providence Athenaeum, Providence (must see)

The Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1753, is the fourth oldest subscription library in the United States. In 1753 a group of private citizens started The Providence Library Company to gain access to a collection of books that they could not afford individually. Members paid a small subscription fee to the library to purchase books which all members could share. Stephen Hopkins, signatory of the Declaration of Independence, was a leading member of the early organization. Many of the early books had to be purchased from England.

In 1758, a fire destroyed the first collection of books, which were then housed at the Providence court house. Shortly after Brown University moved to Providence in 1770, the library offered students the use of its books. In 1836 the Providence Library Company merged with the Providence Atheneum (founded in 1831), and the merged organization became known as the Providence Athenaeum. In 1838 a new Greek Revival building was completed on Benefit Street by the Philadelphia architect, William Strickland.

Operation hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm; Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm.

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Sight Name: Providence Athenaeum
Sight Location: Providence, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Providence Architecture Tour  

Walking Tours in Providence, Rhode Island

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

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Providence Shopping Tour

Providence Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Providence Architecture Tour

Providence Architecture Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Providence Landmarks Tour

Providence Landmarks Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 1

Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 1

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Providence Museums Tour

Providence Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km