Portsmouth Athenæum

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

New Hours: The Portsmouth Athenaeum is now open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Events at a Glance

Nothing from April 26, 2018 to May 3, 2018.

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.

Current Exhibit

What Hawthorne Read is a traveling exhibit from the Salem Athenaeum and will open with a reception on March 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Curator Elaine von Bruns explores the circulation records and the hundreds of books checked out of the Salem Athenaeum’s library by Nathaniel Hawthorne and then reveals how these specific titles influenced Hawthorne’s own writings in What Hawthorne Read.

The exhibit runs until June 9, 2018 in the Randall Gallery, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.

“Small Town, Big Oil” Book Signing

Thursday, May 10, 2018  6:30 p.m. Reading Room   Author David W. Moore speaks on his book "Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World -- and Won." The book is a narrative nonfiction account of the women who lead the...

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New Books April 2018

April has been a bit chilly. Time to warm up your reading shelf and your minds with the latest books added to the Athenaeum! Click on the link below: April New Books 2018...

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The Spring Newsletter Is Here!

The Athenaeum Spring 2018 newsletter was sent out a few weeks ago. If you didn't receive the latest newsletter, here it is: Spring 2018 To receive the newsletter in the mail, please consider becoming a member of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The newsletter is filled with...

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