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 February 19, 2018 to February 26, 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

Join us for the “Show of Shows” exhibit now open in the Randall Gallery. The “Show of Shows” celebrates the many exhibits featured in the gallery and runs until February 17, 2018.

Non-Fiction Book Club

Join the Discussion!   The non-fiction book discussion group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Library Room at 11:45 a.m. Upcoming Titles: March – The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone April – The Man Who Created the Middle East by Christopher...

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New Books February 2018

It's time to update your reading list! Find out the latest books added to the Library. Click on the link below: New Books February 2018...

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Endpapers on Display in Library Room

The Art and Craft of Decorated Endpapers Limited-time exhibit featured in the Library Room   Endpapers, those often non-descript blank papers at the beginning and end of books, serve the necessary purpose of adhering the text block to the boards. However, at one time,...

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