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.

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

LOCATION (Interpretive Center)
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
(just south of Narragansett Avenue)
MAILING ADDRESS:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840 (all correspondence)
EMAIL: NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com  
Phone: (401) 848-0661 (seasonal)
Phone: (860) 995-7367 (Center Manager)
For Fastest Reply: Please email us: NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com  

2022 Season Schedule

Opening Weekend: Fri.-Sat.-Sun. May 27-28-29
(Memorial Day Weekend)
Closing Day: Sunday, October 30
Regular Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Noon-5pm
(Closed Monday – Wednesday)

Irish Heritage Month 2022 Special Schedule
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. March 4-5-6,  Noon -4pm
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. March 11-12-13, Noon-4pm
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. March 18-19-20, Noon-4pm

Check out the “Events” page on this site for more March happenings.

Private Visits:
To arrange a private visit to the Center, please send an email to: newportirishhistory@gmail.com
Please include desired date/time, number in your party and your phone number and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Covid Protocols:
The Covid situation remains fluid, and the
safety of our docent staff is of primary concern.
Please plan to have a mask with you and be prepared to wear it if asked.
All visitors should be vaccinated.

Admission by Donation

MNIH Members / children under 16 free
Parking: Small, free lot 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

Steve Marino, “The Life and Times of Patrick J. Boyle, Newport’s First Irish Mayor”

March 23rd @ 6:00 pm

Recent Lectures

Dr. Elizabeth Stack, “Irish Women in the American Labor Movement”

February 22nd @ 6:00 pm

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

November 15th @ 6:00 pm

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