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Museum of Newport History

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Address: 127 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6627
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+1 401-841-8770
09:00 - 18:00
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A good starting point for visitors, this museum uses graphics, historic...

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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Worthwhile Short Visit

We had overlooked this Museum during several previous visits to Newport. This time we had some extra time during the Winter Festival and so we decided to explore the Museum. The... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We had overlooked this Museum during several previous visits to Newport. This time we had some extra time during the Winter Festival and so we decided to explore the Museum. The building is a National Landmark. The entrance fee is a voluntary donation and the brief exhibits are informative. They trace the history from the earliest Native Americans to the... More 

1 Thank Brandywine2
Danvers, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We poked around there waiting for the ice sculpture competition to begin during winter festival. Some really cool stuff in there, especially a letter from George Washington, thought provoking. we were the only ones in there so it was nice to take our time and see it all.

Thank Paul S
Mattituck, New York
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48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

My daughter and I wandered around Newport trying to get into some old houses, the Quaker meeting house, etc. All were locked and had signs directing us to the Newport Historical Society. So we went there (old building on Touro St) and were told that the only way to get access to those places was on tours run out of... More 

Thank Nancy19067
Ridgeland, Mississippi
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Located right there on the Wharf, this museum has a lot but is not comprehensive. A good place to start.

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New York
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173 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I stopped by here after visiting Touro Synagogue and Trinity Church, in quest of deeper knowledge of Newport's history. Although not expansive, gave great color on pre-pilgrim, native American culture and life. It is a small collection and will probably take longer to get through all the material in the gift shop.

Thank BuckeyeChef
Atlanta, Georgia
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227 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We stumbled on this wonderful resource, operated by the Newport Historical Society, quite by accident. The building itself dates to 1762. Downstairs is a terrific gift shop staffed by friendly personnel while upstairs is an amazing museum. Donations are voluntary but $4 a person is suggested for adults, $2 for children over five. Very reasonable for what you get, which... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Didn't visit the museum upstairs but took ages wandering the fascinating shop on the ground floor. Interesting gifts which of course I purchased but received a flavour of the town just by wondering around the shop. Great place but Newport itself was a joy. Recommended:-)

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Ocala, Florida
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229 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

When taking a break from shopping, walking, recommend this break and still getting a history lesson. Lots of easy to carry items back home in shop, and sure you'll learn something new.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped to learn a little about the Newport area. This museum has a nice shop down stairs and a history area up stairs. I learned about the early residents and about the contribution of the French .

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Traditional text, photo and artifact museum. Interesting history of Newport, but could use an exhibit update with new technology, i.e. a video showing the changes of the city over the years. There is a small ipod displayed in the museum shop with interesting exhibit info. The shop does not have as many unique and historical items as you might find... More 

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