The Museum of Newport Irish History
The Official Site of Irish History for Newport, Rhode Island

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In the heart of 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, were 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: (401) 847-7201

2017 Season Schedule

Opening Weekend: Sat.-Sun.-Mon. May 27-28-29
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Closing Day: Sunday, October 29
Regular Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 5pm
(Closed Mon - Wed)
Group and off-season tours by appointment.

Admission: By Donation.
                MNIH Members / children under 16 free
Parking: Free behind building, accessed via Narragansett Ave
On-street parking free.
Contact: Interpretative Center Manager, Mike Slein
Please email or phone Mike for information.
Phone: (401) 847-7201.

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


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.

Also, 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.