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Museum of Newport History
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Interesting Little Museum

Enjoyed this museum. Much information about the founding of the area and the way of life of the... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
mountainmirage
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Asheville, North Carolina
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 21 August 2018
serenitywriter
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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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.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Summerasalifestyle
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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 tour you find out that is area played a a big part of the slave trade, and how Newport help lead the way towards Revolution & Independence of America. On your tour you will walk by the Touro Synagogue which is the oldest synagogue still in operations in the U.S. You will also stop by the gentlemen's house which brought over the tomato to America, and the niece of the person who painted George Washington's portrait which appears on our $1 dollar bill today. This area played a big part of the Gilded Age, and when you visit these marvelous mansions you will see why. With your guided tour price it also includes admission to the museum, and a 10% discount off the gift shop.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Lisa B
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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

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Diane M
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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 things are a little on the pricey side.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Lee C
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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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