The Museum of Newport History is a history museum in the Old Brick Market building in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It is owned and operated by the Newport Historical Society at 127 Thames Street on Washington Square. The building, designed by noted 18th-century American architect Peter Harrison and built in the 1760s, is a National Historic Landmark.With our custom trip planner, Newport attractions like Museum of Newport History can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
The Brick Market is a three story brick structure with a low hip roof. Its ground floor has round-arch openings, which were historically open but have mostly been glassed over. The upper level bays are separated by large pilasters with Ionic capitals, with a dentillated cornice below the roof. The second floor windows are rectangular sash, topped by alternating gable and segmented-arch pedimemnts. The third floor windows are square, with a simpler molded surround. The interior has been extensively altered over time, with little historic material surviving.
The Brick Market was designed by Peter Harrison, a major architect working in the British colonies during the 18th century. Harrison based the Georgian design on a part of the 17th century design of Somerset House by Inigo Jones, altering the building material from stone to brick, and replacing Jones' Corinthian capitals with those of the Ionic order.
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You only need to spend about 1/2 hour here. But it’s definitely worthwhile. It gives you the history of Newport from beginning to the early 1900s. more »
A wonderful and informative small museum with FREE admission! The walking tours were well paced, informative and a wonderful way to take in the town's history, shops & eateries. Lovely gift shop!! more »
The museum is small, but well put together. We went on a tour too. Our guide was good with lots of knowledge and an affable demeanor, though she spoke rather quickly and was occasionally hard to hear over traffic.
Nice, free museum! It is small, but interesting especially since I had never been to Newport before so I learned some new things. I would recommend coming here especially on a cold day where walking outside is difficult!
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