Visit the 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.

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Exhibits

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.

Location

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

2021 Season Schedule

Opening Weekend: Fri.-Sat.-Sun. May 28-29-30
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Closing Day: Sunday, October 31
Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Noon – 5pm
(Closed Monday – Thursday)
Masks required if not vaccinated.  If capacity required to maintain 3-foot social distancing has been reached, you will be asked to wait outside for a few minutes.

Admission by Donation

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

To arrange a private or off-season visit, please email NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone, number in your party (max. of 4), and preferred date.

Upcoming Lectures

Dr. John Quinn and Mr. Keith Stokes,  “Shared Spaces: The Irish and African Heritage Experience in Gilded Age Newport”

Save the Date — details to come
September 13 @ 6:00 pm

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