Rhode Island Attractions, Museums October 26, 2018
7 Little Known Museums In Rhode Island Where Admission Is Free
If you’re living on a budget and the purse strings are tight, visit these free museums in Rhode Island. Get a little taste of history and culture without ever spending a dime. The saying goes, “All the best things in the world are free” and after visiting these gems you just might agree.
1. Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum, Jamestown
This historic lighthouse is located at the southern tip of Jamestown. It is the third oldest in North America and one of the most visited landmarks in Rhode Island. Get a brief lesson in lighthouse and maritime history and on certain days, climb to the top of the tower. While the museum is free, a $5 donation is suggested for climbers who ascend the tower. Find the Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum on Beavertail Rd., Jamestown, RI 02835.
2. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Providence
This tiny treasure is located on the campus of Brown University in Providence. Interesting artifacts will catch your eye in every exhibit. Worthy of a short visit, pair this free museum with one of many other activities in the city for a full day trip. Visit Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at 21 Prospect St., Providence, RI 02912.
3. Jamestown Memorial Fire Museum, Jamestown
This charming gem of a museum is loaded with vintage firefighting equipment. Take a step back in time as you enjoy the historic engines, photos, and other memorabilia. Volunteer firefighters staff the museum and are extremely knowledgeable. A small donation is encouraged but not required if you visit. Find Jamestown Memorial Fire Museum at 50 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835.
4. Warwick Center for the Arts, Warwick
Take inspiration from the art at the Warwick Center for the Arts. The main gallery is ADA accessible so all visitors can enjoy the exhibits. While admission is free, donations are accepted to keep the center going. Visit the gallery at 3259 Post Rd., Warwick, RI 02886.
5. Naval War College Museum, Newport
Explore this military museum that focuses on the history of naval warfare and naval activities in the Narragansett Bay area. This is one of only ten official museums in the country operated by the U.S. Navy. Find this long-standing spot at Building 10 Luce Ave., Newport, RI 02841.
6. Museum of Newport History
Located in the Old Brick Market building, this small town museum is packed with history. Through stories of past residents, you'll learn much about the beginnings of this historic town. Enjoy the attached gift shop for all of your Newport related merchandise. Find the Museum of Newport History at 127 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.
7. Seabees Museum and Memorial Park, North Kingston
Discover what might be the most unique military battalion in the Navy. The Seabees held a unique and important role in our past. Visit the Quonset Huts and check out the exhibits including the iconic fighting bee. Find the Seabees Museum and Memorial Park at 21 Lafrate Way, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
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