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The only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts, NRF’s Whitehorne House Museum has been open to the public since 1974.

The museum is currently closed while we plan for a renovation of the building, a new presentation of the collection, and a much improved visitor experience. Watch this space for updates and announcements of opportunities to visit while the revitalization work progresses. And, of course, we are always open online and invite you to explore the museum by using the links above.


One of the highlights of Whitehorne House Museum is its beautiful garden. This inviting space is filled with antique roses, blueberry bushes and fruit trees, and a dazzling array of perennials and annuals. The design is an interpretation of a Federal period garden for an affluent, urban family. Despite its refined geometry, it does not feel overly formal. From the precious balloon flower to the flamboyant castor plant, this is a garden full of delights.

Open Hours
Even though the museum is currently closed, the garden is open during daytime hours for the enjoyment of visitors.

For the 2018 season, Whitehorne House Museum is open to the public for occasional open house events (see above), private group tours, and individual appointments.

Group Tours
For groups larger than 10 visitors,
please visit our Group Tours page.

416 Thames Street
Newport, RI
401–846–4152 ext. 123

Limited metered parking available.

The Collection

Painted and embroidered mourning picture on silk

Benjamin Baker Highboy

Porringer by John Otis

Tea table

Carver Chair with braided cornhusk seat

Dining table by John Townsend

See The Collection
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