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“Detailing the history of Newport”

Museum of Newport History
Ranked #38 of 82 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: A good starting point for visitors, this museum uses graphics, historic photographs and audiovisual programs to tell the story of Newport.
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 Newport, Rhode Island, the three-story brick structure with a low hip roof was designed as a traditional British style market house, like Boston's Faneuil Hall. The first level was an open-air arcade that served as a marketplace for various goods. The upper levels have seen a variety of uses, from a printing operation to a theatre to a town hall to art galleries. Today, the building is owned by the Newport Historical Society and houses a museum detailing Newport's history from pre-colonial times to the present, including the Gilded Age mansions and the town's legacy of yachting and its popular music festivals from jazz to folk to classical. Among the exhibits include the lens of the Ida Lewis Rock Light. The museum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Taylor B
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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 (suggested donation is $5). In the first room its an audio tour but I didn't stay for that. What I loved was the ship masthead that they had on display. It was not only beautiful but authentic. Very neat to see. A great little stop for a little Newport History.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Conimarie S
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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.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank gina3981
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Definitely some interesting things in this museum, but surprised at how small it was. The shop on the main floor had some great books for sale.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank boblink515794
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

We expected more. I am sure more can be done to enrich this Museum. However, I must add the ladies were very kind.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Carmen C
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