Portsmouth Athenæum

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

The third-floor Shaw Research Library and Randall Gallery are open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. For elevator access, please call (603) 431-2538.

Check our calendar for tours of the first-floor Sawtelle Reading Room.


July 25, 2024
  • Tour of Sawtelle Reading Room

    July 25, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    The first-floor Sawtelle Reading Room in the 1805 building is open for tours. Donations accepted.



Shaw Research Library &

Randall Gallery


Tuesday through Saturday


1 to 4 p.m.



Reading Room Tours

Volunteer Dependent
Saturdays &
1 to 2 p.m.
(Check our calendar.)


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.

Summer 2024 Newsletter

Summer 2024 Newsletter

Coming to a mailbox near you! The Athenaeum summer newsletter invites you to meet Susan Roman, the prolific collector behind the Randall Gallery exhibit on 100 years of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Also, learn little-known facts about some of our library's...

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Portsmouth Athenaeum Chamber Music 2024

Portsmouth Athenaeum Chamber Music 2024

The Portsmouth Athenaeum presents this annual series of chamber music concerts held in historic venues around Portsmouth. This year, the public is invited to attend the following four chamber concerts:NEAVE TRIO SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 3 p.m. The Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine...

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New Books in the Library

New Books in the Library

Spring into a good book! Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library. Not a Proprietor or a Subscriber? Find out how you can become a member and support the Athenaeum. Click the button below.

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