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Block Island Historical Society

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Address: Old Town Rd., New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
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+1 401-466-2481

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They archeological history as well as history of the settlers

Interesting to see the history of the area as much as they are able to present. It is obviosly a work in progress, but well worth the visit!

Reviewed 28 July 2015
Hartsel, Colorado

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New Jersey
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

While visiting BI in late September we were on the island for 2 additional days as the ferry wasn't running due to rough seas. As a courtesy to visitors the staff at the museum opened up on Thursday & Friday afternoons on days it would have normally been closed. We enjoyed the various exhibits as well as the film showing... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We spent several hours at the Historical Society on our recent first trip to Block Island....and we wanted to spend More! The organization & staff is fantastic, with wonderful attention to all visitors questions and interests. The video about the moving of the Lighthouse was a highlight, and we will be back for more information, videos and tours!

Thank CaraNYC2014
Keene, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This collection of antiques from BI This collection of antiques have items I have never seen before in tours of many historic museums, such as a metal skirt hoop and a commercial stove to heat flat irons. "Block Islanders never throw out anything." In several rooms there were artifacts to show various aspects of living and working there. A recent... More 

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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We hit a rainy day on Block. We found lots to do anyway. The Historical Society is wonderful. The young man greeted us upon entrance and was very nice & helpful! The Director took time after hours to speak with us about items in the collection. You get a great sense of Block over time here. Super photo exhibit on... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
Long Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Spent over an hour wandering through the exhibits memorializing Block Island's past. Fascinating displays, and lots of model ships and other nautical memorabilia

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Small, small place. Exhibit very limited. I thought there'd be someone to explain things. You walk in and young guy looks like he's bored out of his skull. You go in see exhibit in small room. It's all hodge podge. Too bad probably could be interesting but you won't get any info or anyone to acknowledge you. It is very... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Fabulous place to spend a morning before heading to the beach, o a cloudy/rainy day. The museum is amazing with tons of artifacts and history galore!

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Prospect, Connecticut
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

We try to go to the Historical Society every visit to the Island. They change their displays often, so it's always new and exciting. Went I was doing research for a book they were very helpful.

Thank Dolores P
Westerly, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

Stopped by with my boyfriend and the place was closed. Eventhough we were there during the posted open hours, Don't get it!

Thank Michael L
Hartsel, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Interesting to see the history of the area as much as they are able to present. It is obviosly a work in progress, but well worth the visit!

Thank rocknrollgranny

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