Summer at NHS

All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Silver in the NHS Collection

May 31-October 6
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

From its founding as a settlement for religious outcasts through the rise and fall of the colonial trade economy and up to its present as a premiere tourist destination, Newport’s varied history can be traced through the items of silver prized by its residents. We welcome you to explore this exhibit to learn more about silver as a reflection of Newport’s past.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Summer Walking Tours

Take a tour through five centuries of Newport’s endlessly interesting history! Walking tours include:

Golden to Gilded: From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people.

Discover Colonial Newport: Hear stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.

Rogues & Scoundrels: See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”

For the full summer tour schedule and to book online, click here!

Colony House Site Tours

Thursday-Sunday, 3pm-3:45pm

Built in 1739, this historic site was a center for Rhode Island’s colonial government. Explore its significant history, including the surrounding square, and view a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.

Book your tickets online here!

Newport and the Stamp Act Riots: A Family-Friendly Tour & Hands-on Activity

August 10 and August 24, 2pm-3:30pm
$15-$20 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and up

In August 1765, a group of Newporters organized a riot that turned leading citizens against each other and set Rhode Island on a path to rebellion against Great Britain. This tour explores what happened on those fateful summer days and offers a glimpse into life in colonial Newport on the eve of revolution.

This family-friendly walking tour concludes at the Museum of Newport History where participants can “Quill” their name to paper pledging their allegiance to Liberty or remaining Loyal to the Crown.

Click here to book online!