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 December 13, 2017 to December 20, 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

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 2018.

Old English and the Language of Beowulf

Thursday December 7 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Room Professor Thomas Carnicelli returns with more history of the English tongue. He will speak on “Old English, the Language of Beowulf.” Reservations are requested, since space is limited. Call (603) 431-2538 for...

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Great Bay Sailor Holiday Concert

Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Reading Room at 7 p.m. Great Bay Sailor:  The Yuletide Celebration Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a celebration of what we call the hidden sounds of the season.  The GBS Yuletide Repertoire is comprised of songs found in...

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Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2 (Rain date: December 3) Tree lighting: 5:30pm • Parade: 6pm Experience this magical event in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Excitement builds as the community counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas tree and the festive fun...

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