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The Athenaeum

Photo of the entrance of the Caltech Athenaeum

Associates are eligible to become members of the Athenaeum, Caltech's private membership club.

A Longtime Connection
The history of the Athenaeum is closely tied to the Caltech Associates. It was built with funds donated by Allan and Janet Balch, founding members of the Associates, and was conceived as a gathering place—a hearthstone—for the Associates, the faculty, and other members of the Caltech community.

Since the Associates' first formal dinner in January 1931, held to honor visiting professor Albert Einstein, the Athenaeum has hosted countless memorable events.

Historical photo of the exterior of Caltech's Athenaeum

On occasions both formal and informal, the club has welcomed the spirited intellectual community of which the Associates are such an important part. Growing only more beautiful with time and restoration, the Athenaeum continues to be an icon of the enduring partnership between the Associates and the Institute.

Global Opportunities
As a member of the Athenaeum, you can also gain access to other private reciprocal clubs around the globe. All you need is a letter of introduction from the Athenaeum to the reciprocal club stating that you are a member in good standing.