Nantucket Attractions: The Antheneum


Touring the Nantucket Antheneum

One of the Cape Cod tourist attractions that often goes overlooked is the Nantucket Antheneum.

What Is An Antheneum?

Atheneums (named for Athena the goddess of wisdom) were established in the 18th and 19th centuries as private literary societies and centers of learning.

From its founding in 1834, the Nantucket Atheneum has always been much more than a library. The Atheneum serves also as Nantucket’s literary and cultural focus of ideas and information resources.

Nantucket Antheneum History

As a private literary institution, the Nantucket Atheneum was incorporated in 1834, with 3200 volumes. In the year 1900, the Nantucket Atheneumbecame a free public library and currently maintains a collection of 50,000 books and other types of media.

Things To Do At The Antheneum

Pick up an Antheneum card and you’ll have access to:

  • Over 40,000 volumes and extensive multi-media products
  • CDs
  • Great movies
  • Resources to help you learn a new language
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Inexpensive copy machines
  • FREE Wifi!

Cape Cod Vacations

When in doubt about what to do on Cape Cod – hop a ferry and head to Nantucket! Explore the island treasures and don’t forget to visit the historic Antheneum! There are many great places to stay on Cape Cod with Bayside Resort Hotel being TOP CHOICE for couples and families alike.

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