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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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 (Interpretive Center)
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
(just south of Narragansett Avenue)
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840 (all correspondence)
Phone: (401) 848-0661 (seasonal)
Phone: (860) 995-7367 (Center Manager)

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
Please include your name, phone, number in your party (max. of 4), and preferred date.

Upcoming Lectures

Dr. Debra A. Mulligan, “Cheers to Eire: The Political Life of J. Howard McGrath”

November 15th @ 6:00 pm

Recent Lectures

Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan and Ms. Leslie B. Jones, “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, With Spotlight on Irish Servants of the Newport Mansions”

October 25th @ 6:00 pm

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

September 13 @ 6:00 pm

Janet Nolan, PhD, “When Harry Met Mary Ann: An Irish Family in an American City”

April 21st @ 6:00 pm