Museums and Historical Attractions Near Narragansett

Seeking some knowledge? Looking for some fascinating places to explore in Rhode Island? Check out our favorite Narragansett museums. We picked out three of the top museums on your next vacation to the small Rhode Island village.

Blacksmith workshop at the South County Museum

South County Museum

South County Museum is a distinct and enthralling celebration of the area’s rich legacy and culture. This isn’t some regular old museum building where you walk down hallways and check out artifacts. South County Museum is about eight acres of historical buildings and farm animals, sitting on a total of about 174-acre town park, with walking paths and glorious heirloom flowers and herbs.

The museum consists of a few attractions in one. Visitors can stop by the one-room schoolhouse, the carriage barn, and the carpentry shop. Each one is specifically designed to embody what it would really be like to learn in a school, stay in a barn, and work in a carpentry shop in the post-Civil War 19th century American northeast.

You can also check out the recreated print shop, the blacksmith house, and the Canonchet Estate stable ruins. Don’t forget to see the farm animals- three goats, four sheep, and one bunny- at the Living History Farm.

Adults are $12, seniors or AAA are $10, and children 6-12 are only $5. The museum is only open from May to September.

Greek statue at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

This eclectic and mesmerizing museum attraction is a whole lot of things in one. It’s a captivating look at contemporary art. It is a celebration of unique art from unknown, and often young, artists. It is a showcase of the nooks of history and culture, from ancient Greece’s statues to Egypt’s tapestry’s, delicate pottery from Europe to drag costumes from everywhere.

Some of the permanent exhibits include the 18th and 19th-Century American Galleries, the Decorative Arts and Design Galleries, and the Ancient Greek and Roman Galleries.

Seasonal inclusions vary, but they typically showcase a single artist and cover different and often unconventional art forms, such as A Changing Reflection: Silver, Metalwork, and Jewelry in the 19th–21st Centuries.

Overall, there are about 100,000 works of art and design spanning the spectrum of history. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults are $15, seniors are $12, and ages 18 and under are free.

Admission is free every Sunday.

The school of design museum may encourage and inspire you and your family to think outside-the-box. You all could consider some really interesting things to do in Narragansett related to some of the attractions at the museum. Check out a local art gallery. Go on a sailing trip, inspired by your very piece of nautical art. A museum is filled with imagination, especially one dedicated around design from all over the world.

Group of kids at the Providence Children's Museum

Providence Children’s Museum

Out of all the museums listed here, the Providence Children’s Museum is likely the most exhilarating for the youngest in your group.

Here, you can find all sorts of fun Narragansett family-friendly activities. There are some really interesting exhibits. We love the Water Ways, a play area where you can discover the whirling ways of water. The Climber is a wonderful two-story-high climbing maze designed to test your child’s intelligence. Underland is a subterranean world of roots while ThinkSpace is filled with hands-on puzzles and challenges.

There are also workshops and classes just about every day, such as the Discovery Studio series. Explore nature and science with a topic for the week. Strings Attached lets kids make their own marionettes from expert puppet makers.

The museum is $12 for all ages. It is open every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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