Our Guided tours are an interactive blend of art, history, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy, ensuring an unforgettable Museum experience. Explore the architecture of our historic buildings, learn more about the social and historical context of the permanent collection, hear about the visionary women who were the force behind the Newport Art Association, and gain insight into artists' motivation, messages and techniques in our changing exhibits. We take an interactive approach to learning and tours can be arranged for any group size and age.
- An exhibit in itself, the John N.A. Griswold House was famed architect Richard Morris Hunt’s first commission in Newport, completed in 1864, long before he designed Marble House and the Breakers. Now unofficially termed “Stick Style”, this summer cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Pulitzer prize winning author Maud Howe Elliott, sculptor and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and painter Helena Sturtevant were among the visionary leaders of the fledgling Art Association of Newport, who bought the John N. A. Griswold House in 1915 for its headquarters to mount exhibitions, host lectures, and lead art classes.
- The Newport Art Museum, a collecting institution fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, features an extensive permanent collection that spans more than 300 years and over 2500 objects that includes works by Bannister, Bellows, Lane, and Richards, alongside multiple ever-changing contemporary visual art exhibitions.
- The Museum’s Coleman Center for Creative Studies continues the Art Association of Newport’s educational legacy and offers a full range of classes and workshops for adults and youth in its studios year-round.
The Museum’s goal is to encourage guests to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic discovery.
Guided tours last approximately 60 minutes.
Discounted Group Admission Rates
For groups of 10 or more. Does not include Gallery Guide fees.
Museum Members free
Under 5 free
Student & School Tour Group Admission Rates: Youth & School Tours
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Guided Tour Gallery Guide Fees
One Gallery Guide : 15 guests
Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.
Enhanced Tour Experiences
Harness your post-tour inspiration while enjoying a glass of wine with an instructor-led art making class in jewelry-making, painting or printmaking at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies!
Please allow an additional 2.5 hours for this class.
$38/person additional fee for 10-36 guests
Groups of ten or more visitors may elect to explore the Museum on their own. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance in order to receive discounted group admission rate.
Corsets & Top Hats step-on tours: Two options
The 5-hour tour package
If you are looking for a fun, full day group excursion, consider this unique living-history tour of Newport. Newport tour guide Ms. Betty Czech leads a step-on guided tour dressed as Mrs. Caroline Astor, the Grande Dame of Newport and New York society in the late 1800s. The tour is roughly 5 hours in duration and itinerary includes a visit to Marble House, lunch in the wood-paneled Canfield House, and finally a visit to the historic Newport Art Museum with a Gallery Guided tour focused on the Women of the Art Museum.
The 2-hour tour package
Newport tour guide Ms. Betty Czech in the costume and persona of Mrs. Astor will conduct a one-hour, step-on guided tour of historical Newport and Ten-Mile Ocean Drive. This will be followed by a visit to the historic Newport Art Museum with a Gallery Guided tour focused on the Women of the Art Museum. Optional tea and cookies.
Reasonable group rates are available. For inquiries and scheduling, contact Betty Czech, Tour Guide as Mrs. Astor, email@example.com 410-339-6779.