Explore These Museums and Historical Attractions Near Narragansett

Our Narragansett vacation rentals put you in the heart of Rhode Island’s most sought-after spots. From gorgeous spaces with nearby beach access to being in the heart of nearby shopping and dining, make the most of your stay by booking with us. There are countless other things to do in Narragansett such as visiting the great local museums and other historical places.

For some ideas on where to explore, check out some of the area’s most frequented museums and historical sites.

South County Museum 

At the South County Museum, located at 115 Strathmore St in Narragansett, you’ll have the opportunity to explore immersive presentations on local farming, village, and sea history. Spanning across an eight-acre campus, this museum has been open since 1933 and has aimed to serve as a guide to the legacy of early life in the area.

Check out the schoolhouse, carriage barn, and carpentry shop, where you can watch real artisans hard at work. The estate is also home to a vast collection of flowers, herbs, and greenery in addition to a heritage flock of Rhode Island Reds, and a selection of farm animals.

Perfect for children and adults alike, be sure to check out the event spaces like the Print Shop, Blacksmith Forge, and Metz Exhibit Hall for an enjoyable way to engage with local history.  

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Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture

Founded in 1892, the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture, located at 1058 Kingstown Rd #5 in Wakefield, aims to create a bridge between the past and present through carefully curated selections of historical artworks. Be sure to check out their extensive collections of artifacts to see ancient pieces, including a nearly two million-year-old chopping tool on show from East Africa. 

Serving nearly 10,000 visitors annually, this local favorite is a great way to engage with the area’s history through workshops, programs, and special events.

The World War II Foundation

With 33 documentary films produced to date and more in post-production, The World War II Foundation, at 344 Main St in South Kingstown, serves as an important educational stop for all who are interested in learning about the legacy left behind by the war. Told through the lens of those who lived through the events, audience members are encouraged to understand and think about the lasting significance of such a major global conflict.

Award-winning and recognized as one of the top five programs on PBS, this site is a highly recommended addition to every local guide.

Plan Your Visit

Contact the team at Durkin Cottage Realty to plan your educational and exciting beach vacation to historic Narragansett, Rhode Island!

Jamestown Historical Society

The Jamestown Historical Society, located at 92 Narragansett Ave in Jamestown, has over 30,000 pieces of historical memorabilia including photographs, letters, and documents. In addition, this group is responsible for numerous special projects that serve to highlight important historical collections, ideas, and contributions.

Be sure to check out some of their listed places to visit including the North Road Windmill, the Philomenian Library, and the Jamestown Museum for an informative and interesting way to explore the area through the lens of the past.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploring and learning about our local history, you’ll be ready to head back to your Narragansett beach vacation rental. Book with Durkin Cottage Realty for cozy and relaxing rental homes that offer fully equipped kitchens and spacious living and sleeping areas. You’ll love spending your mornings drinking coffee on your outdoor seating before taking a stroll along the beach to watch the sunrise. 

In the afternoons, our properties make the perfect place to retreat for afternoon siestas before heading back out for dinner and cocktails at a Narragansett restaurant in the evenings. No matter what your vacation itinerary holds, our rentals are the perfect places to reset and unwind. So book your vacation retreat with us today and get started making memories! 

Durkin Cottage Realty

815 Pt. Judith Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

Phone: 401-789-6659
Fax: 401-789-6705

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