Portsmouth Athenæum

A non-profit membership library, gallery, and museum, incorporated in 1817 and located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Events at a Glance

Nothing from November 18, 2017 to November 25, 2017.

Explore the Collection

The Athenæum houses an outstanding collection of documents and artifacts relating to local history. It also preserves what is undoubtedly the finest collection in the state of materials relating to the history of New Hampshire’s only major seaport.

Ongoing Exhibits

Currently, the Randall Gallery is closed as we install the final exhibit celebrating 200 Years of Treasures at the Portsmouth Athenaeum. Join us for the opening of the “Show of Shows” exhibit on Friday Dec. 1 from 5-7 p.m.

Fall Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Tom Hardiman presents "Crowdsourced Treasures: Selections from the Athenaeum's Collections". The Athenaeum's collections are largely the creation of its Proprietors and other civic-minded locals, who for 200 years have donated books,...

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Watch the trailer for Picture Portsmouth!

Trailer for Picture Portsmouth Join us for the premiere of Picture Portsmouth with filmmaker Tom Clark of TCPictures. Date: November 9, 2017 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Research Library, third floor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. Space is limited for this free event. Please...

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Premiere of “Picture Portsmouth”

November 9, 2017 7:00 p.m., Research Library   Director Tom Clark of TCPictures debuts Picture Portsmouth, a documentary of Portsmouth's history, featuring a "then & now" photo comparison and a computer model video exploring the evolution of Market Square...

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