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Museum of Newport History

Welcome to the Museum of Newport History
The Perfect Place to Begin a Visit to Newport!!

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The Museum of Newport History is the perfect place to begin a visit to Newport. The Museum provides the whole family with an engaging introduction to the area's rich history and the beauty of its architecture. Glimpse into the lives of the people--past and present--who have made Newport one of America's most historic cities.

The museum offers a spectacular overview that brings Newport's history to life. The Newport Historical Society uses the finest of decorative arts, artifacts of everyday life, graphics, historic photographs, and audio-visual programs to tell Newport's story. The museum contains fine ship models, brilliant paintings, exquisite colonial silver, the printing press used by James Franklin , a ball gown worn by a member of the Summer Colony, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha , and much more.

  • The men and women who have worked and played along Newport's bustling waterfront

  • The 17th century English settlers who started a community based on a religious toleration which shaped the town's later history

  • Newport's Goddard-Townsend craftsmen, the finest furniture makers in America.

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  • Wealthy Americans who, along with gifted artists, writers, and architects, made Newport their summer resort during the Gilded Age.

  • Year-round residents including African-Americans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Portuguese, and Quakers.

Explore the Newport National Historic Landmark District and the city's rich architectural heritage on an interactive computer. Board a reproduction 1890s omnibus to watch a video tour of historic Bellevue Avenue.

HOURS: Monday & Wednesday - Saturday 10-5, & Sunday 1-5, April-October. Friday & Saturday10-4, & Sunday, 1-4, November-March.

ADMISSION: Adults $5, ages 6-18 $3, children under 6 free. Group, senior, and family rates available.

GUIDED WALKING TOURS leave the Museum of Newport History Thursday through Saturday mornings, June through September.

Validated parking is available at Long Wharf Mall, Brick Market Place, and the Gateway Center. Directions .

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