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Redwood Library & Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401 847 0292
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Ranked #22 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Libraries, Art Galleries, Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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118 reviews 118 reviews
41 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stopped by when the weather was raining not knowing what to expect looking for inside things to do. The library has a lot of history and is worth a stop. There are some famous paintings including a large full length portrait of George Washington. Currently this is an interesting exhibit "Portraits of Interiors – Interior Illustrators in Newport Collections"... More

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Boston, MA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stopped in to take a look, and as we fished around for $10 9 "suggested donation" of $5 each for non-members), the woman at the desk watched us. When we dropped the money into the plexiglas box, she approached us to mention that the gallery was closed to prepare for their next exhibition, but that we were free to... More

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Goshen, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Great place to retreat from the busy streets and beaches of newport. My kuds love the puppets and the little playhouses

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The oldest continuously operating public library in the country. Lots of history here, particularly of the founding of Newport and the Rhode Island. Check out the lecture series schedule on-line before coming to town, they have some fascinating speakers.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

A must stop. This is one of the oldest libraries in the country...and the interior art work is proof alone. I love seeing original art work that I last saw in my history books. A must stop when in town

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This library is housed in a building from the 1700s. The exhibitions, historical portraits and collections are excellent. Worth a visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Incredible library dating back to 1747, technically the oldest lending library in the country. Guided tours daily at 2pm for $5 was a bargain, spent about 40 minutes with a docent who was extremely knowledgeable and quite personable. If this sort of thing appeals to you, the Redwood will not disappoint.

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The history this place holds is amazing, like a little museum that is a must see. With all the talk about the "cottages", it would be easy to overlook the history of this building. The structure is wonderfully maintained and to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers is humbling, especially when you read the letter from George Washington. The... More

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East Northport, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A great place to relax and spend the day browsing the extensive collection of artwork and ancient leather bound books, or settling in a cozy leather chair reading. Beautiful architecture, too! For a Self guided tour your asked to give a $2 donation. Guided tour donation is $5.

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Newport, Rhode Island USA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The magnificent collection of Books, Documents and Paintings contained in the Redwood Library is a must experience. To see where the very seeds of the United States were sewn and the sprouts of Freedom grows from. Looking into the painted eyes of some of the Founders of the United States will send chills through you.

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