Boston Athenæum

10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Capacity: 180 people
About Boston Athenæum
Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. It grew out of a slightly earlier organization known as the Anthology Society which had been formed in 1805 by a group of Bostonians with the primary purpose of producing a magazine that they called The Monthly Anthology and Boston Review. In creating the Boston Athenæum, their purpose was to form "an establishment similar to that of the Athenæum and Lyceum of Liverpool in Great Britain; combining the advantages of a public library [and] containing the great works of learning and science in all languages." The new Athenæum flourished in culture-starved Boston and, as it voraciously acquired books, art, and artifacts, it grew rapidly. In 1827, it added an Art Gallery and began a series of yearly exhibitions of American and European art. For nearly half a century the Athenæum was the unchallenged center of intellectual life in Boston, and by 1851, had become one of the largest libraries in the United States. Today its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts. The Athenæum supports a dynamic exhibition program and sponsors a lively variety of events such as lectures and concerts. It also serves as a stimulating center for discussions among scholars, bibliophiles, and a variety of community-interest groups.
Package Pricing
First Floor Henry Long Room and First Floor Bow Room
Attendees: 180 max | $10,000 /event
Pricing for all event types
5th Floor Long Room
$25,000 /event
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1st & 5th Floor Rental Package
$35,000 /event
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Event Spaces
5th Floor Long Room
5th Floor Long Room
First Floor Henry Long Room
First Floor Henry Long Room
Bow Room
Bow Room
Location
Neighborhood
Venue Types
Amenities
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
Features
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 180
  • Special Features: National Historic Landmark. Library.
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 3
  • Year Renovated: 2002