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Museum of Newport History

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Very nice museum and shop -- make time for it

A small, but well organized town museum, even though there was no mention of my family which was in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Small but an interesting way to get acquainted with history of Newport

This museum is a good place to orient oneself for a visit to Newport! We only needed less than... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Alexandria, VA
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“gift shop”(9 reviews)
A good starting point for visitors, this museum uses graphics, historic photographs and audiovisual programs to tell the story of Newport.
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127 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6627
+1 401-841-8770
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small, but well organized town museum, even though there was no mention of my family which was in Newport as early as about 1650. Small enough to not be overwhelming, you can easily go through it in 30 to 60 minutes or stay longer...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

This museum is a good place to orient oneself for a visit to Newport! We only needed less than hour to see this place. However, it was of interest to us regarding the background of Newport!

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

The museum of Newport history is small but quite adequate and pretty thorough in its historical review. It's a free little treasure amidst many tourist and clothing shops. Maintaining and appreciating a place's past is important and their donation request is very modest.

Thank FellowTraveler730578
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Second floor. Small. Free but donations are recommended. I was in and out in 20 minutes or so. Disappointing. It gives a small mention to the original people who lived here but it was really about the history of anglo-euro settlers.

1  Thank Summerasalifestyle
Reviewed 11 May 2018

My husband and I had visited Newport, RI over Easter Weekend, and decided to take the Newport History Walking Tour. Generally when we visit a city we take advantage of the walking tour a city has to offer. This tour was very informative! On this...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Take your time and enjoy the history of Newport. No rushing and you give a donation to go in. Highly recommend a visit

1  Thank Diane M
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Admission is a "suggested donation" of $5.00 and the museum is located upstairs. It is small but nicely organized and has two levels of information (adult and family) to read. A nice little stop when walking around Thames Street. Has a nice gift shop but...More

Thank Lee C
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The Old Brick Market building that houses the Museum of Newport History was designed by noted 18th century American architect Peter Harrison, built in the 1760s and now is a National Historic Landmark. Located at 127 Thames Street on Washington Square in the heart of...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

A great place to stop if you're visiting Thames Street or Bowman's Wharf in Newport. The downstairs is a book store with a lot of nautical and historical books about Newport, Rhode Island, and the coast. The upstairs is a little museum run by donations...More

Thank Conimarie S
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Have never gone through the museum, but this is the best gift shop in Newport. Lots of historical and interesting merchandise. I wish they had more Kennedy memorabilia though.

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