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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.

What’s On


Museum Hours
The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Visit the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts. Admission to Whitehorne House Museum includes access to the museum and gardens for exploration at your own pace. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer questions.

Note: Whitehorne House Museum will reopen for regular house tours on Wednesday May 29, 2019.

Adults: $15.00
Students with ID: $5.00
Children 12 & under: Free

Combine Your Ticket
Purchase a combined ticket to both Whitehorne House Museum and Rough Point Museum for only $25!

Guided Tours
Highlights of the Museum guided tours introduce visitors to 18th-century Newport furniture and the story of early America, Newport’s role in the development of the United States, and the wider global trade system. The tour visits two floors of the museum and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Tours are offered daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Included with admission.

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.

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

Caleb Wheaton tall case clock

Portrait of Timothy Orne by Joseph Badger

Portrait of Rebecca Taylor Orne by Joseph Badger

Tea table

Dining table by John Townsend

19th-century watercolor showing John Goddard’s house and workshop

See The Collection
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