Touro Synagogue
Touro Synagogue
4.5
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:45 PM
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Dedicated in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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1-2 hours
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  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,634 contributions
    Next time, maybe
    We really wanted to see this place and it was the first sight we stopped at after getting off the tender. Unfortunately, the whole place was closed. We walked around the buildings with no luck to get inside. Possibly too early? Well, at least we got to see the outside of the buildings.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 26, 2022
  • jilliangran
    9 contributions
    This is a must-see attraction!
    We were a little disappointed when we arrived to find out it was closed Wednesdays in May. Nowhere was that fact stated on the website or any Internet source. Fortunately we had one more day in Newport so we could return. And we were glad we did. The talk was very informative about the history of Newport, specifically the religious history.. We were very impressed with the knowledge of the guide.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Joanne D
    Westford, Massachusetts144 contributions
    Fabulous education about religious freedom in Colonial times. Must visit for those intersted in our history.
    For Jews and non-Jews alike, visit this fabulous piece of history in Newport. The visitors center is new and gorgeous with videos, photos, artifacts, interactive exhibits, and of course, a gift shop! The grounds and gardens are stunning, the flowers are all bloom. The synagogue tour and the inside of the synagogue are riveting. There is so much to learn about Jewish and Colonial life in the 1700's and 1800's, it's a history lesson just being there. The guide did a great job. The only tricky part is parking, look for a paid lot nearby or you will be going in circles.
    Thank you for your kind review!
    Written July 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Sunshinemv
    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts114 contributions
    Magnificent History
    Our guide was incredible. The historical value of this synagogue is truly magnificent. I actually wept when I read General Washington’s letter of promise to the worship community. As relevant today as it was during the creation of our country. An absolute must do for anyone visiting Newport RI
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
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jilliangran
9 contributions
May 2023
We were a little disappointed when we arrived to find out it was closed Wednesdays in May. Nowhere was that fact stated on the website or any Internet source. Fortunately we had one more day in Newport so we could return. And we were glad we did. The talk was very informative about the history of Newport, specifically the religious history.. We were very impressed with the knowledge of the guide.
Written June 4, 2023
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Theresa C
Allendale, NJ782 contributions
Oct 2021
We attended a presentation in Touro's gardens. The docent talked about Touro's beginnings. Several Sephardic Jewish families immigrated to Newport in the late 1600s and formed the Jeshuat Israel congregation. They built the Touro Synagogue in 1763. It is the oldest synagogue building in North America. The docent told us the elders transferred the deed to the New York congregation for safekeeping when the revolutionary war broke out and that congregation now owns Touro.
After the initial presentation, we walked over to the entrance of the synagogue. We were allowed to view the interior from the threshold, but couldn't go inside due to Covid.
Written January 1, 2022
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD574 contributions
Oct 2022
My wife and I had the pleasure of touring the synagogue during our recent cruise stop in Newport. The synagogue is a little small but is very beautiful inside. I was reminded of the small chapel of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam and was told that synagogue was one of the inspirations for Touro.

The docent did a good job of explaining the history, including talking about the relative non-use of the synagogue for most of the 19th century. She also talked about the letter George Washington wrote to the congregation in the 1790s, which was similar to letters the president wrote to synagogues in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA at around the same time, where freedom of religion was advocated.
Written October 19, 2022
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Rharha
Great Neck, NY129 contributions
Apr 2022
At last the Touro Synagogue is re-opened and a definite must see! There is an excellent tour guide who gives the history of the synagogue. There is also a lovely gift shop. The Synagogue itself is orthodox and people still worship here. Jewish families emigrated from Spain and Portugal and it is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. I can’t rave about this synagogue and tour guide enough…just a real honor to be here. A definite must-see! Tour guide speaks about 40-45 minutes.
Written April 20, 2022
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Brooklyn478
Brooklyn, NY436 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Fascinating to hear about the history of the Touro Synagogue and what life was like in old Newport. Our docent was excellent and knew so much about the history of the synagogue. We were only able to peek in the front door and we’re not able to go inside due to Covid restrictions. Highly recommend a visit. The Visitor center down the hill is with some time too before heading up to the synagogue.
Written August 22, 2021
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EasyTraveler2000
Philadelphia, PA155 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a Must See for all Newport visitors. The Touro Synagogue has an amazing history dating back hundreds of years. As the oldest synagogue in North America, the story of Touro reflects the importance of freedom of religion in the United States.

Tours are offered on most weekdays and our guide, Maude, was fantastic. Her comments were quite informative and she did a great job of engaging with visitors of all ages - including a class of 4th graders.
Written May 24, 2022
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yayasuzanne
Middlebury, CT9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Had forgotten about this during the pandemic shut down and recent reminded. Did the walking tour first, guide was fantastic. The women behind the visitor checking very helpful. This is an important place in out history. Visited by president washington which led to his statement about religious freedom for all
Written June 10, 2022
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Sunshinemv
Martha's Vineyard, MA114 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our guide was incredible. The historical value of this synagogue is truly magnificent. I actually wept when I read General Washington’s letter of promise to the worship community. As relevant today as it was during the creation of our country. An absolute must do for anyone visiting Newport RI
Written September 27, 2023
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Joanne D
Westford, MA144 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
For Jews and non-Jews alike, visit this fabulous piece of history in Newport. The visitors center is new and gorgeous with videos, photos, artifacts, interactive exhibits, and of course, a gift shop! The grounds and gardens are stunning, the flowers are all bloom. The synagogue tour and the inside of the synagogue are riveting. There is so much to learn about Jewish and Colonial life in the 1700's and 1800's, it's a history lesson just being there. The guide did a great job. The only tricky part is parking, look for a paid lot nearby or you will be going in circles.
Written July 17, 2023
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Thank you for your kind review!
Written July 20, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,634 contributions
Oct 2022
We really wanted to see this place and it was the first sight we stopped at after getting off the tender. Unfortunately, the whole place was closed. We walked around the buildings with no luck to get inside. Possibly too early? Well, at least we got to see the outside of the buildings.
Written December 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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