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Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401 847 0292
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Description: Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United...
Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.
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This building was designed by the same architect that designed the Touro Synagogue, take the time to stop by and be amazed by the beauty of this building. For those of you with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Corning New York
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This building was designed by the same architect that designed the Touro Synagogue, take the time to stop by and be amazed by the beauty of this building. For those of you with little ones, there is a card catalog!

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Rhode Island
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66 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I've long wanted to check out the Redwood and finally had a chance. The friendly lady at the desk showed me the free self-guided tour pamphlets so I didn't have to buy the booklet. An event was going on in one room but I peeked in to see some of the portraits. Most of the artwork is in the Reading... More 

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Westfield, New Jersey
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162 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was an interesting and worthwhile stop. Not generally as impressive as the mansions down the road, or the waterfront to the south, but this library/museum is worth the visit. Hard to believe it is the oldest library in the country. Also nice to walk around the gardens, especially as the sun is setting.

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Intercourse, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Terrific visit...make sure to take the guided tour. So worth the time and $--inexpensive. Lots of history, beautiful building, lovely collection and a fabulous reading room with lots of newspapers, magazines, etc.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Unlike other libraries Redwood is a sort of museum in itself. The walls are covered with paintings,mostly portraits,of long ago. A history lesson in itself. The solitude of the building is infectious and the staff is very knowledgeable. Just walk through and travel back in time to a colonial masterpiece.

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Florida
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Beautiful architecture and always a special exhibit. Do not miss this site and wish more libraries could be just like ir!

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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This historic Newport building is a gem not to be missed. The oldest library in the U.S. still functioning. There is a lot to see inside, and the guided tour is excellent.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place has the most amazing (and priceless) art on display. Do yourself a favor and make time to stop in here.

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

exhibit on John Mecray yachting artworks. Great Gilbert Stuart portraits. Self guided tours for a donation or walk around and enjoy. Walls are covered in history. Many antiquarian volumes. Great beech trees surround the property

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Newport, Rhode Island
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This library oozes history. From the building itself to the art work, the collection and the fact it is open for the public to enjoy is amazing. Serene effect just steps away from the noise of the city.

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