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
2020 Season Schedule
Due to the pandemic, visits to the Center are by
appointment only. To arrange a private visit, please
email NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com. 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.
WJAR NBC 10
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.