Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5:30, Saturday 9:30-5
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a National Historic Landmark, has served as a center of culture and learning for over 130 years. This free public library and art gallery is home to a permanent collection of 19th-century paintings including Albert Bierstadt's majestic Domes of the Yosemite. Poetry readings, contemporary art exhibits in the Upstairs Gallery, concerts. Gifts for sale.
Tours of our building’s unique architecture, artwork from our permanent collection, and exhibits are available to the public during regular hours.
This organization is also part of a Geotourism Initiative. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.