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Why is Newport famous? What is the history of the City-by-the-Sea? Find out in our museum!

Located in the 1762 Brick Market designed by Peter Harrison, our award-winning Museum is the perfect place to begin a visit to Newport. The Museum provides the whole family with an engaging introduction to the area’s rich history and the beauty of its architecture. Glimpse the lives of the people–past and present–who have made Newport one of America’s most historic cities. Open daily, the Museum and Shop is an information center and departure point for guided walking tours.


Exhibits feature James Franklin’s printing press, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha, photographs, furniture, colonial silver, paintings, objects of daily life and more, all from the collections of the Newport Historical Society.


For group visits to the museum, please contact



127 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840


Every day, 10-4


Newport History Walking Tours

Guided Walking Tours of Newport's history depart from the Museum Shop daily. For a complete schedule, and to buy tickets, visit


NHS Properties

The Colony House, Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, Great Friends Meeting House, and Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House remain closed, but are available for private tours. To book private tours, email or call (401) 846-0813, ex. 152.


Richard I. Burnham Resource Center


The Richard I. Burnham Resource Center is home to the Newport Historical Society's main offices, Edward W. Kane Library, Hugh D. Auchincloss III Reading Room, and secure collections storage. Collections document the history of Newport County and consist of approximately 10,000 objects, 12,000 books, over 1,500 linear feet of manuscript materials, and more than 200,000 photographs.

At this time, our Resource Center remains closed for walk-in researchers. Appointments must be made in advance, and are contingent on staff availability, and the abvailability of relevant resources within our collection. For more information, please email or call (401) 846-0813, ex. 190.