Museum & Shop

Explore endlessly interesting exhibits and shop in our store

Newport History Starts Here!

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 & Shop at Brick Market 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.

Video courtesy of Tom Palleschi 

Admission Info

127 Thames St., Newport, RI | 401-841-8770
Sunday-Saturday 10am-3pm. $5 suggested donation.
Private appointments available – For prices, policies, and availability, call the Shop at 401-841-8770 or email Jenna at

Current Exhibits

On display at the Brick Market and Resource Center
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Featured Museum Items

  • Overmantle Painting of the Potter Family

    Rhode Island, ca. 1740, Oil on wood
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  • Franklin Printing Press

    London, late 1600s, Elm and metal
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  • Figurehead from the Yacht Aloha

    America, 1910, Oak and paint
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History at Home

The Museum of Newport History and Shop is now open to the public during open hours, Sunday-Saturday 10am-3pm. We are limiting the number of visitors in accordance with R.I. guidelines, and appreciate your patience and understanding. You may also make an appointment for a private visit to the Museum & Shop by calling the Shop at 401-841-8770 or emailing Jenna at  All visitors must maintain social distancing guidelines, wear a face covering over nose and mouth, and sanitize their hands upon entry.

In an effort to continue to make Newport’s endlessly interesting history accessible to all, the Newport Historical Society and the Museum of Newport History have launched a virtual tour of our exhibit space:


This tour was made possible through the efforts of Peter Hanney of Hanney Property Solutions, who contributed Matterport digitization of the Museum of Newport History,
and Jessika Davis, who arranged digital exhibit text. 

The Museum of Newport History is free to the public year-round, which is made possible through the generous donations of our patrons and visitors. To continue to support the museum in its mission, donations may be made online by clicking the link below. The online branch of the Museum Shop will remain open and is available 24 hours a day at

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