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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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  • My daughter and I wandered around Newport trying to get into some old houses, the Quaker meeting house, etc. All were locked and had signs directing us to the Newport Historical Society. So we went th...  more »
  • Located right there on the Wharf, this museum has a lot but is not comprehensive. A good place to start. 
  • I stopped by here after visiting Touro Synagogue and Trinity Church, in quest of deeper knowledge of Newport's history. Although not expansive, gave great color on pre-pilgrim, native American culture...  more »
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  • Neat little store with all sorts of interests.
  • There are Great souvenirs here!