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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum - National Historic Landmark

Originally the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was built as a public library and gifted to the townspeople in 1871. Only two years later the Athenaeum's amazing art gallery was added. The highlight of the art museum is the ten by fifteen foot painting by Albert Bierstadt "The Domes of Yosemite". In 1965, Time Magazine referred to the Athenaeum as "the United States oldest unaltered art gallery still standing". In 1996, the Athenaeum was added to the National Historic Landmark list. Currently, there are only ten libraries in the country with this distinguished honor. This amazing library and art gallery is located just minutes from the hotel. Today this St. Johnsbury art gallery features more than one hundred pieces in its collection. The library collection now exceeds 45,000 books. Recently a handful of skilled craftsmen have restored the Athenaeum to its former glory. A caring board of trustees continues to be responsible for maintaining the Athenaeum's historic qualities.
For an inside look into the fascinating culture and history of Vermont, several must-see museums are accessible from the Northeast Kingdom. From local art and history to the Vermont wildlife and literature, there are several "do not miss" museums that the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to explore the opportunities available at the Fairbanks Museum, the Old Stone House Museum and the Catamount Art Center.


St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum

Prices -

St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum Admission: $8

Hours -

Mon-Fri 10am-5:30 pm, Sat 10 am-3 pm


  • Vermont natural history
  • Art and literature
  • National Historic Landmark
  • Vermont History and Culture

Brief overview of each museum's contents

St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum focuses on local literature, Fairbanks Museum looks at natural history, the Old Stone House Museum provides an insight into Vermont history and the Catamount Art Center hosts local art and performances.

What books can be borrowed from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum?

A library card is required to borrow books from the Athenaeum. All circulating books can be borrowed for a period of 2-3 weeks, with the possibility to renew. St. Johnsbury residents are eligible for a free library card, while non-residents may purchase a one-year library card for $15.00.


  • What are the hours of operation and admissions fees for each museum?

    Old Stone Museum

    Admission - $8
    Hours - Wed-Sun 11 am-5 pm

    St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum

    Admission: $8
    Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30 pm, Sat 10 am-3 pm

    Fairbanks Museum

    Admission - $8, Seniors and children under 17 $6
    Summer (April-Oct): Mon-Sat 9am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-5 pm
    Winter (Nov-Mar): Tuesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-5 pm

    Catamount Arts Center

    Admission and Hours: Varies on event
  • Which museums are better for/applicable to children?

    The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has many exhibits and programs for children. The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum has a Children’s Library and hosts story hour every Monday at 11:00am.

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