Portsmouth Athenæum

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

Armsden Photographic Project

In 2018, the Athenaeum received the photographic collection of prolific photographer Douglas J. Armsden (1918-2009). This collection of mainly mid-20th century images of Portsmouth will nearly double the Athenaeum’s entire photograph collection. Find out how you can help preserve this important collection.

The Research Library and Randall Gallery are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

No walk-ins. Please contact us in advance to schedule your visit by calling 603-431-2538 or emailing info@portsmouthathenaeum.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 11, 2021
  • Zoom Discussion with Author Charles Vidich

    March 11, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    ZOOM DISCUSSION

    Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine

    CHARLES VIDICH

    March 11, 2021
    5:30 PM

    The Portsmouth Athenaeum and the Membership Libraries Group present a discussion with Charles Vidich, the author of Germs at Bay: Politics, Public Health, and American Quarantine (Praeger, January 2021), facilitated by Proprietor Elizabeth Howard.

     To register for this free event please email info@portsmouthathenaeum.org.   

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HOURS

 

Shaw Research Library &

Randall Gallery

 

Tuesday through Saturday

 

1 to 4 p.m.

EXPLORE THE ARCHIVES

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.

Latest New Books in the Library

Latest New Books in the Library

New Year. New Books. Here is the list of the new books added to the library last month. Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library:     December New Books 2020   Not a Proprietor or a...

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We, the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, associate to promote learning and advance useful knowledge among our constituents and the wider community by facilitating convivial interchange and intellectual discourse; maintaining our historic buildings and library; and collecting and preserving materials relevant to the history and culture of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua Region.