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Hours & Location

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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
(Except July, August and holiday weekends)

 Use of the research collections is by appointment only.



Phone: (215) 925-2688
Fax:     (215) 925-3755

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The Athenaeum will be closed on the following holidays:

New Year's Day Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 19
Presidents' Day Feb. 16
Good Friday April 3
Memorial Day May 25
Independence Day July 3-4
Labor Day Sept. 7
Papal Visit Sept. 25-26
Columbus Day Oct. 12
Thanksgiving Eve (Close at 1:00) Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Nov. 26-27
Christmas Dec. 24-25
New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2016

Inclement Weather

In cases of inclement weather the Athenaeum will be closed when the Philadelphia public schools are closed.


219 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Athenaeum is located on the east side of Washington Square below Walnut St.


There are two parking garages a half a block south of the Athenaeum on 6th St.; both are connected to condominium buildings. The Independence Place garage (east side) is a self-park facility. The Hopkinson House garage (west side) offers valet parking.

There is one handicapped parking space available in the Athenaeum garden.  To access this space, make a left from 6th St. onto St. James St., which runs along the side of the Athenaeum.  The driveway entrance is just after the Athenaeum building on the right.