The NHS was chartered in 1854 to collect and preserve books, manuscripts, and objects pertaining to Newport’s history. The NHS today maintains a nationally recognized collection of objects, genealogical records and historic properties pivotal in Newport and RI history.
Founded in 1968 by Doris Duke, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit institution formed to preserve, interpret and maintain Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and 19th- century architectural culture. Rough Point, her Newport residence is open seasonally.
The Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. The Redwood, an architectural landmark, was founded in 1747 and its original mission continues over 250 years later.
The Preservation Society, also known as the Newport mansions, was founded in 1945 by a dedicated group of Newporters who were concerned that important examples Newport architecture would be lost if not saved for future generations.
The Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame are dedicated to preservation and education of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup competition.
Opportunities: the Summer Seamanship Program with amazing overnight trips on the 43' yacht KESTREL, and the After-school Boat Shop Program for all grades during the school year, teaching classic boat repair and maintenance.
The Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881, was founded by tennis innovator James Van Alen in 1954 as "a shrine to the ideals of the game." This is the site the “Real” or "Court" Tennis facility. Real Tennis is the game from which all racquet sports evolved.
Rhode Island’s emergence after the Civil War as the most heavily industrialized state in the Union gave rise to the Rhode Island School of Design and it's Museum of Art. Today the Museum and School are internationally recognized.
The 250 year old Synagogue remains a vital part of the Jewish community in Newport and serves as the home for Congregation Jeshuat Israel. George Washington's famously inspiring words in 1790 on the subject of religious liberty are celebrated in the Visitors Center.
Naval War College Museum
The Naval War College was the vision of Stephen B. Luce, who was appointed to the faculty of the United States Naval Academy in 1861, at beginning in the American Civil War. During the war, the Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island, right across the street from where Newport Art Museum's Griswold house was constructed during the same years.
Audrain Automobile Museum
The Audrain collection is comprised of over 112 of the rarest and most remarkable vehicles in history, and houses fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th Century to modern day.