Collections: Artifact

18th Century Robe Francaise

The artifact collections are exhibited in four historic properties concentrated within a four-block area of Newport’s colonial city. Three of those properties are owned by the Society:

The fourth property, the 1762 Brick Market designed by Peter Harrison, is owned by the City of Newport and maintained by the Historical Society as the Museum of Newport History, its principal exhibition space. Of the Society’s 10,000 objects, the vast majority–over 95 percent–are in storage.

Access online access to portions of the artifact collections database by clicking here.

Guidelines for Research at the Newport Historical Society

The major categories of Artifact Collections at the Newport Historical Society are as follows:

  • Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Furniture
  • Musical Instruments
  • Textiles and Clothing
  • Artifacts of Everyday Life
  • Architectural Fragments

Interim collections reports, the result of our Lost & Found Collections Records Project, can be found by clicking on the photos below.

Fine & Decorative Arts

Fine & Decorative Arts

Furniture

Furniture

Textiles & Clothing

Textiles & Clothing