The Museum of Newport Irish History

Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center

In the heart of the "Fifth Ward" - Newport’s best known Irish-American neighborhood - visitors will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and of the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent.

Interpretive Center exhibits are organized around several key aspects of life in the local Irish community and include maps, photographs, video, and artifacts, including some from the construction of Fort Adams, which was built with Irish immigrant labor.

The Center opened to the public in June, 2011.


648 Lower Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
(just south of Narragansett Avenue)
Phone: (401) 848-0661 (seasonal)
Phone: (860) 995-7367

Click here for a Map and Directions

Click here to view our video presentation.

2020 Season Schedule

Due to the pandemic, visits to the Center are by appointment only. To arrange a private visit, please email Please include your name, phone, number in your party, and preferred date.
To reach us by phone, please call either Mike Slein or Steve Marino at the phone numbers provided below.

Opening Weekend: Fri.-Sat.-Sun. May 22-23-24
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Closing Day: Sunday, October 25
Regular Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 5pm
(Closed Monday - Wednesday)
Group and off-season tours by appointment.


St. Patrick's Day
visit to the Museum

Click on the harp to see the
Irish Heritage Month Events

Admission by Donation.

MNIH Members / children under 16 free
Parking: Free behind building, accessed via Narragansett Ave
On-street parking free.


Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino
Phone: (860) 995-7367.

Board President, Mike Slein
Phone: (401) 855-5097.

Please feel free to email or call Steve or Mike
for further information.


The Museum of Newport Irish History is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. The membership consists of those who are interested in the history of Irish immigration into Newport County from the 1600s to the present, and the social and historical contributions that these people have made to the fabric of life here.

The Mission of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of Irish immigrants in Newport County from the 1600s to the present, to preserve artifacts and mementoes of their experience, and to facilitate research into Irish heritage.

To make a donation in support of the Museum, please click here:  Donate

The museum's founding president, Vincent Arnold, passed away on April 14, 2014.
For more information please click here.