In response to Covid-19 mitigation guidance from the city of Philadelphia, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia will be closed to the public beginning Friday, November 20, until at least December 31, 2020. 

Although our doors are closed, you may still enjoy the Athenaeum’s virtual programming and library services.

We will keep you updated as further guidance becomes available from city and state agencies. You may follow the latest from the city of Philadelphia here:

We treasure our passionate community of readers, life-long learners, and lovers of Philadelphia’s rich history and architecture. You and your families remain in our hearts even as we are all separated by the pandemic. Know that even in these challenging days, your staff and board are committed to the legacy and exciting future of our treasure on Washington Square.

With hope and gratitude,

Beth Shalom Hessel, Ph.D.
Executive Director
219 S. Sixth Street
East Washington Square
Philadelphia, Pa 19106
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