Current Exhibits

History Mystery: The Newport Tower

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

For over three hundred years the Newport Tower, locally known as the Old Stone Mill, has stood atop the hill in what is now Touro Park. Over time, a myriad of theories about its intended use, dates of construction, and the identity of its builders have been discussed. Visit this exhibition to see the most prevalent theories about the tower’s history, and the evidence used to argue each position. We encourage you to think like an historian, analyze the information presented, and draw your own conclusion about the Newport Tower.

Museum of Newport History Exhibits

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Since its inception in 1993, the multidimensional Museum of Newport History at the Brick Market has examined Newport County’s history through the use of images, objects, and texts. The items on display at the Museum make up less than five percent of the Newport Historical Society’s collection, which includes over 10,000 objects, 500 paintings, prints, and maps, and 200,000 photographs.

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. With the use of these items, the Museum interprets Newport from its colonized settlement in 1639 through the twentieth century.

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50th Anniversary of the Newport Bridge

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Through Summer 2019

June 28, 2019 marks 50 years since the Claiborne Pell Bridge (Newport Bridge) officially opened to traffic. The idea for the iconic structure was first broached in the 1930s, but faced a number of challenges in the ensuing decades before finally opening to traffic in June 1969. This exhibition showcases images of the bridge under construction and provides a history of its planning and construction.

Craftsmen and Consumers: Transatlantic Commerce in 18th Century Newport

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Through September, 2019

This exhibition explores Newport’s budding prominence in the transatlantic trade networks of the 18th century. Newporters participated in the trade system both as consumers of imported goods and creators of good for the export market. Showcased here are examples of luxury items purchased by residents from abroad and created by Newport craftsmen for sale both at home and overseas.

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