Museum of Newport History

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Brick Market
Newport History Museum edit1.jpg
South profile and front elevation, 2008
Museum of Newport History is located in Rhode Island
Museum of Newport History
Location Newport, RI
Coordinates 41°29′23″N 71°18′58″W / 41.48972°N 71.31611°W / 41.48972; -71.31611Coordinates: 41°29′23″N 71°18′58″W / 41.48972°N 71.31611°W / 41.48972; -71.31611
Built 1762
Architect Harrison, Peter
Architectural style Georgian architecture
Governing body Newport Historical Society
NRHP Reference # 66000019[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHL October 9, 1960[2]

The Museum of Newport History is a history museum in the Old Brick Market building in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It is owned and operated by the Newport Historical Society at 127 Thames Street on Washington Square.


1853 picture of the Brick Market building, home to the Museum of Newport History

The Brick Market was built in 1762 by Peter Harrison, in the colonial Georgian style. As a traditional British style market house (like Boston's Faneuil Hall), the building's first level was an open-air arcade that served as a marketplace for various goods.

Currently, the building houses a museum detailing Newport's history from pre-colonial times to the present. Exhibits include the lens of the Ida Lewis Rock Light. Norman Isham, a prominent historical restorationist, restored the Market between 1926 and 1932.[2]

It is a Historic district contributing property within the Newport Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Brick Market". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

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