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Redwood Library & Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401 847 0292
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Ranked #12 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Type: Art Galleries, Historic Sites, Libraries, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.
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Type: Art Galleries, Historic Sites, Libraries, Gardens, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The work they have done to expand, upgrade and preserve this fascinating library complex is truly marvelous. Everything looks great and I particularly liked their new exhibit hall opposite the side entrance and the restored stick style house for the children's library and programs across the street. Most friendly staff and full of great paintings and decorative arts - a... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Loved the architecture and collection of books. Just being there you feel like you're back in time. Very peaceful too!

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New York City, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A wonderful building dating back to the 18th Century, the Redwood is a book lovers dream. Stately and elegant, it has a large reading room with wide tables filled with the latest periodicals. Book selves line this room and create alcoves in which to sit and read. The library still has a card catalog in those wonderful old little drawers... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is the oldest lending library in America. It is well-preserved and has a large collection of colonial era documents. architectural plans, photos, maps and letters of significant historical value. One can become a supporting member of the library, or just get a day pass for a visit. Either way,it is a great way to spend a rainy summer afternoon... More 

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Carnelian Bay, Ca
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142 reviews 142 reviews
23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My grandson was interested in this after reading about it. We walked there from our hotel on Thames in about 20 minutes on a drizzly day. It was a great spot to hang out for an hour or more, looking at exhibits and enjoying all sorts of reading material. It is free, but donations are accepted. The history of the... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The library is worth a visit just to see the paintings and the very different collections.This time they had photos of men in tux over the years that was in glass cases.The real treat was the room with paintings by very famous artists.I recommend this library and it's interesting collections.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Architecture, artwork and a library of refinement. Just lovely and genteel. Worth a visit. And then a cup of tea.

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Sydney, Australia
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753 reviews 753 reviews
364 attraction reviews
321 helpful votes 321 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This lovely little private subscription library founded in 1747 'is the oldest community library still occupying its original building in the United States'. It's mostly untouched and totally charming.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
47 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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