We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401 847 0292
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
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
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 52 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
watch out for the price to get in.just went up.

a great historic library that is one if not the oldest in the country.the art is fantastic and the inside of the building is outstanding. However they need funds to keep it open... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Barry N
,
RHODE ISLAND

Similar Things to Do in Newport

Add Photo Write a Review

52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
RHODE ISLAND
Level Contributor
1,644 reviews
380 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a great historic library that is one if not the oldest in the country.the art is fantastic and the inside of the building is outstanding. However they need funds to keep it open and so they have been charging these huge entrance fees.check before going in. it may turn you away as it did me. just glad I have seen... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barry N
New England
Level Contributor
140 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The oldest lending library in America is charging visitors a $10 admission fee beginning on January 2, 2016. Admission will be free for members, students with a valid ID and those younger than 18. In addition, the library now charges $5 for the guided tour. I understand the need to generate money, but this is a fairly small space with,... More 

Helpful?
Thank 124C41NewEngland
Brick
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The oldest part of the building is from 1747. It's the oldest lending library in the United States. If you're interested in historic buildings check it out it's full of thousands of rare old books

Helpful?
Thank kirkacdc
Fallbrook, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

A beautiful structure with an equally magnificent interior. Oil portraits line the upper walls along with the books. A pleasant reading area with daily national newspapers and magazines

Helpful?
Thank miligold1
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

If you are wandering Bellevue anyway, stop in. They do one guided tour a day at 2pm ($5) I missed that, so just had a wee look around myself. They also have self guided tour information. Friendly informative staff, very quiet and dignified place with lots of sculpture and art. 30 minutes is all that is needed for a quick... More 

Helpful?
Thank qofdnz
Boston
Level Contributor
51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Well worth the trip even on and probably especially on a rainy day. You can get lost in a great book or, as we did, go for the amazing collection of maritime art by some of the finest artists of our time. Well worth the visit.

Helpful?
Thank CarolandAlan
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in and viewed a beautiful exhibit of paintings of sailboats by Mercery. Helpful staff and interesting layout. It's probably not for everyone but it's a nice quiet place should you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Newport crowds

Helpful?
Thank Giantess
Corning New York
Level Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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!

Helpful?
Thank Mommacat41
Rhode Island
Level Contributor
67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank QNPoohBear
Westfield, New Jersey
Level Contributor
308 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 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.

Helpful?
Thank LKWendel

Travelers who viewed Redwood Library & Athenaeum also viewed

 

Been to Redwood Library & Athenaeum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Redwood Library & Athenaeum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?