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Redwood Library & Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3229
+1 401-847-0292
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Visit the oldest lending library in the US!

Yes, there may be older libraries in Philadelphia and elsewhere, but this is the oldest lending... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Oldest Library in the country

Beautiful building and inside architecture. Not sure if they offert tours but know they have... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
sandra r
Newport, Rhode Island
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50 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3229
+1 401-847-0292
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Yes, there may be older libraries in Philadelphia and elsewhere, but this is the oldest lending library in continuous use in all of America. Pretty cool. Not only that, but it has also retained its architectural integrity over the years. Early preservationists saved the oldest...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Beautiful building and inside architecture. Not sure if they offert tours but know they have readings on special nights

Thank sandra r
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

There are several lovely gifts for holiday shopping. Redwood member can receive 20% discount on all purchase. From now to March 2017 The Variable Line: Master Drawings, Renaissance to Contemporary in Van Allen Gallery.

1  Thank Raimund C
Reviewed 11 December 2016

A friend works here so we finally paid a visit here yesterday. People may walk by without paying much attention to the "mansion" but, when history of it unveils all we'd do was to awe, and to admire. That said the style of the edifice...More

Thank simonfung888
Gretchen M, Public Relations Manager at Redwood Library & Athenaeum, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Redwood Library & Athenaeum! Yes, Thomas Jefferson visited George Washington in Newport in 1790 after which time he advocated the adoption of the neo-classical style for the nation's federal buildings. Designed by Peter Harrison, the...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016

In an amazing Palladian brownstone building, this library has a small but interesting collection of books and artwork. The building itself is really pretty, a nice place to hang out and relax while broadening your understanding of this fascinating city.

Thank michael g
Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is basically a very old and quiet library with early American portraits lining the walls up along the ceilings.

Thank Poppadoc
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Great historical visit! Easy walking distance from the harbor and tourist sights. I highly recommend taking an hour for this unique collection.

Thank Alannah C
Reviewed 4 September 2016

What a great place to discover! If in Newport check out this little known treasure. Beautiful building and history. Take a look if you are in town.

Thank Fred454
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Admission is $10 if you're not a resident or student, otherwise it is free. My girlfriend and I are students, so we got in for free - and thank goodness because it would not have been worth $20. The building is beautiful and they had...More

Thank Jtries
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Beautiful museum as well as a Library. The walls just ooze History... One could spend an entire afternoon here...

Thank shchristy
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