The Museum of Newport Irish History

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Click on the harp below to see the Newport Irish Heritage Month events

In the heart of '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

2019 Season Schedule

Opening Weekend: Sat.-Sun.-Mon. May 24-25-26
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Closing Day: Sunday, October 27
Regular Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 5pm
(Closed Monday - Wednesday)
Group and off-season tours by appointment.

Special Interpretive Center Hours for Irish Heritage Month:
11 am to 4 pm on these 9 days:

  • Friday, March 8
    Saturday, March 9
    Sunday, March 10
    Friday, March 15
    Saturday, March 16  *
    Sunday, March 17.
       * St. Patrick's Parade Day
    Friday, March 22
    Saturday, March 23
    Sunday, March 24.

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

Newport Irish Heritage Month - March 2019

Click on the harp to see the Irish Heritage Month Events


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 Purpose and Goals of the Museum are to collect, Preserve, and display photographs, letters, documents and artifacts, and oral history that trace the chronology of Irish immigration and settlement in Newport County, and the social and cultural impact of this immigration on the community as a whole.

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.

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.