BOSTON ATHENAEUM One of the city’s largest and oldest membership libraries and its first museum of fine arts. Visitors may tour the first floor and galleries M-Th 9 am-8 pm, F 9 am-5:30 pm, Sa 9 am-4 pm, Su noon-4 pm. 10 1/2 Beacon St., 617.227.0270.
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY America’s first municipally-funded public library houses millions of books, manuscripts, music scores and art and boasts a scenic courtyard, events and exhibits. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Copley Square, 617.536.5400.