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  • 219 S. 6th St. Map It
  • Society Hill
  • Library/Archive

Updated 05/19/2011

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Housed in a national landmark Italianate brownstone dating from the mid-1800s and designed by John Notman, the Athenaeum is a research library specializing in architectural history and design. Its American Architecture Collection has close to a million items. The library, founded in 1814, contains significant materials on the French in America and on early American travel, exploration, and transportation. Besides books, the Athenaeum has notable paintings and period furniture; changing exhibits are presented in the gallery.

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219 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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  • Free
  • Gallery weekdays 9–5; Oct.–June, first Sat. of each month 11–3; tours are self-guided or guided by appointment

Updated 05/19/2011


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Oct 19, 2008

Very attractive library space

Attractive library space in Old City's historic district. Has one or more small historic book exhibits, and the architecture is striking. Well worth a stop in.

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