Museum of Newport History, Newport

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The Museum of Newport History is a history museum in the Old Brick Market building in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It is owned and operated by the Newport Historical Society at 127 Thames Street on Washington Square. The building, designed by noted 18th-century American architect Peter Harrison and built in the 1760s, is a National Historic Landmark.DescriptionThe Brick Market is a three story brick structure with a low hip roof. Its ground floor has round-arch openings, which were historically open but have mostly been glassed over. The upper level bays are separated by large pilasters with Ionic capitals, with a dentillated cornice below the roof. The second floor windows are rectangular sash, topped by alternating gable and segmented-arch pedimemnts. The third floor windows are square, with a simpler molded surround. The interior has been extensively altered over time, with little historic material surviving.HistoryThe Brick Market was designed by Peter Harrison, an major architect working in the British colonies during the 18th century. Harrison based the Georgian design on a part of the 17th century design of Somerset House by Inigo Jones, altering the building material from stone to brick, and replacing Jones' Corinthian capitals with those of the Ionic order.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Have never gone through the museum, but this is the best gift shop in Newport. Lots of historical and interesting merchandise. I wish they had more Kennedy memorabilia though.  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    Definitely some interesting things in this museum, but surprised at how small it was. The shop on the main floor had some great books for sale.  more »
  • June 3, 2017
    We expected more. I am sure more can be done to enrich this Museum. However, I must add the ladies were very kind.  more »
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  • May 4, 2017
    This is a very small museum in the heart of Newport. There is no admission fee. It has some interesting artifacts and does a nice job of detailing the history of the island. The shop is chock full of basically everything but the kitchen sink, however it does have it's charms and the employees are great.
  • April 27, 2017
    Nice museum. Very informative
  • June 1, 2017
    Quaint little gift shop
  • August 1, 2016
    Neat little store with all sorts of interests.
  • October 14, 2016
    There are Great souvenirs here!

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