(Megan Manton/©Boston Athenaeum)
This landmark is one of the city’s largest and oldest membership libraries and its first museum of fine arts. Its collections include the personal library of George Washington and art by John Singer Sargent. Public hours: Tu noon-8 pm, W-Sa 10 am-4 pm. Admission $2-10. First floor "up close" tour free with admission, W 11 am, reservations strongly recommended. Art and architecture tour $2 plus admission; T 5:30 pm, Th 3 pm, Sa 11 am; reservations strongly recommended. Tours also available in French or Spanish.