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"Eat More Vegetables" - 69th St Boulevard; from the Robert M. Skaler Postcard Collection
01/08/2024

"Eat More Vegetables" - 69th St Boulevard; from the Robert M. Skaler Postcard Collection

Start the new year with a new knitting project! The Athenaeum Knitting Circle meets on the first Saturday of the month! ...
01/05/2024

Start the new year with a new knitting project! The Athenaeum Knitting Circle meets on the first Saturday of the month! Bring your needles and yarn, and come cozy with us tomorrow: https://ow.ly/1lCH50QbZHz

The Philadelphia Inquirer wants to know your Philly Faves... Here are five easy steps to vote for The Athenaeum of Phila...
01/04/2024

The Philadelphia Inquirer wants to know your Philly Faves... Here are five easy steps to vote for The Athenaeum of Philadelphia! Starting here --> www.votephillyfaves.com

To learn more about our current exhibition on the Historic American Buildings Survey, join Kevin Block tomorrow for a 'B...
01/04/2024

To learn more about our current exhibition on the Historic American Buildings Survey, join Kevin Block tomorrow for a 'Blazing the Trail' Gallery Talk at 2:30PM and 5:30PM! https://philaathenaeum.org/exhibitions/

Here are your Winter 2024 READ WITH US BOOK CLUB picks! Which are you signing up for?Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury on J...
01/03/2024

Here are your Winter 2024 READ WITH US BOOK CLUB picks! Which are you signing up for?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury on January 16
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah on February 20
Solito by Javier Zamora on March 19

If reading more diversely was on your New Year's resolutions list, then here's an opportunity for you! Dive into the exc...
01/03/2024

If reading more diversely was on your New Year's resolutions list, then here's an opportunity for you! Dive into the exciting world of comics and graphic novels in a series of relaxed discussions with cartoonist and educator Matt Madden, where you will learn about the inner workings of visual storytelling.

https://philaathenaeum.org/event-detail/?event_id=14833

We're open! And ready to launch into this new year with you.
01/02/2024

We're open! And ready to launch into this new year with you.

Happy New Year from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Our next event with Allegro Music Consultants is on January 19th! We will be joined by Mimi Stillman and Gideon Whitehea...
12/29/2023

Our next event with Allegro Music Consultants is on January 19th! We will be joined by Mimi Stillman and Gideon Whitehead for a guitar and flute performance. https://ow.ly/6g5p50Qca7F

Happy Holidays from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia!
12/26/2023

Happy Holidays from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia!

12/22/2023
You know what makes a great gift for that young storyteller in your life? Our Teen Writing Seminar with Cordelia Frances...
12/21/2023

You know what makes a great gift for that young storyteller in your life? Our Teen Writing Seminar with Cordelia Frances Biddle! The new year's the perfect time to deep-dive into imaginative worlds and discover the craft of writing.

https://philaathenaeum.org/event-detail/?event_id=13906

The next meeting of the Read With Us Book Club is January 16! This month we are reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.h...
12/19/2023

The next meeting of the Read With Us Book Club is January 16! This month we are reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
https://ow.ly/GuFG50Qc9T6

Hope you got your holiday cards out! This little guy sure has enough of them to deliver. Robert L. M. Camden Collection,...
12/15/2023

Hope you got your holiday cards out! This little guy sure has enough of them to deliver.

Robert L. M. Camden Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

https://ow.ly/qQqQ50Qa3v0

Gregory J. Scott, FAIA, co-founder of RLPS architectural firm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been researching and teach...
12/04/2023

Gregory J. Scott, FAIA, co-founder of RLPS architectural firm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been researching and teaching the community about C. Emlen Urban’s life and architectural legacy for over 20 years. Scott is proud to announce the long-awaited release of his first book profiling Lancaster’s most prolific architect. The 200+ page book is titled Urban Legend and is a never-before-told story of C. Emlen Urban and 25 of the architectural masterpieces which left an indelible mark on the City of Lancaster.

https://ow.ly/CyEl50QarEw

Save the Date: Urban Legend: The Life and Legacy of C. Emlen UrbanDecember 12 at 6:00pmhttps://ow.ly/wvVH50Q7w6z
11/30/2023

Save the Date: Urban Legend: The Life and Legacy of C. Emlen Urban
December 12 at 6:00pm
https://ow.ly/wvVH50Q7w6z

Writing workshops are back this winter and with the addition of a teen option!Head to our website to learn more about th...
11/27/2023

Writing workshops are back this winter and with the addition of a teen option!
Head to our website to learn more about these two awesome courses taught by Cordelia Biddle.
https://philaathenaeum.org/programs-events/

Address

219 S 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5:15pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(215) 925-2688

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Mission and History

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum that engages members, scholars and the interested general public to join actively in the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia and participate in historical, literary and educational activities. To that end, the Athenaeum must be a diligent steward of its National Historic Landmark building and its collections of books, manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, and historic objects.

The Athenaeum was founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" for public benefit. Annually the Athenaeum's nationally significant collections attract thousands of readers: graduate students and senior scholars, architects, interior designers, museum curators, and private owners of historic buildings. It provides the Philadelphia region with a resource of first resort on matters of architecture and interior design history, particularly for the period 1800 to 1945.

The Athenaeum building was designed in 1845 by the innovative architect John Notman (1810-1865). It is widely hailed as the seminal American structure in the Italianate Revival Style and one of the first Philadelphia buildings built of brownstone. Severely plain on the exterior and deceptive in scale, the Athenaeum building contains richly embellished reading rooms with 24-foot ceilings. Into these spaces has been gathered a museum collection of American fine and decorative arts from the period 1800 to 1850 which is available for group or individual tours by advance reservation. The building has been expanded and restored to provide appropriate facilities for the care and exhibition of the collections. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

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