We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Rhode Island current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Rhode Island that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Bristol

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Blithewold

101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI  02809
Phone: (401) 253-2707
Year Built: 1907
Admission Price: Adult $12, Senior $11, Student $10, Youth $4
Hours: See their website

Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold, formerly home to the Van Wickle family, is a 45-room English-style manor mansion filled with family heirlooms, framed by a series of lovely gardens and arboretum on Narragansett Bay.

Coventry

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Paine House

7 Station St
Coventry, RI  02816
Phone: (401) 249-0633
Year Built: 1691
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

The Paine house originally was built around 1691 by Samuel Bennett. Samuel ran a saw mill at this site and it is believed that the house began as a one room shelter.

Greenwich

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The James Mitchell Varnum House

57 Peirce St., East
Greenwich, RI  02818
Phone: (401) 884-1776
Year Built: 1773
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The two-storied frame house being built just above the Kent Country Court House was the new home of a young lawyer, James Mitchell Varnum, and his bride, Martha. Built in keeping with the best architectural standards of the day, the new mansion had a hipped roof, modillioned cornices, heavily moulded caps, and a central pedimented doorway with columned porch. The two-storied ell was added sometime in the late 1800's.

Lincoln

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Hearthside

677 Great Road
Lincoln, RI  02865
Phone: (401) 726-0597
Year Built: 1810
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

Located just to the north of Providence in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Hearthside is a unique stone mansion built in 1810 on pastoral Great Road, the first road through the wilderness between Providence and Mendon, Massachusetts, and one of the oldest thoroughfares in America.

Newport

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Newport Mansions

424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI  02840
Phone: (401) 847-1000
Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The Preservation Society of Newport County presents 10 of the best homes in America. The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Green Animals, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, and Hunter House See their web site for complete details on all of these houses

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The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House Museum

Broadway
Newport, RI  02840
Phone: (401) 841-8770
Year Built: 1697
Admission Price: $8.00 per perso
Hours: Daily, 11am - 3pm

Newport, Rhode Island's oldest residence, built in 1697 and home to generations of colonial governors and American patriots.

Providence

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Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

199 Hope Street
Providence, RI  02906
Phone: (401) 272-5101
Year Built: 1865
Admission Price: Adults $10, Students $5
Hours: 11am-3pm Fri, May thru Oct

Heir to one of Rhode Island’s leading textile manufacturing families, Henry Lippitt (1818-1891) designed and supervised the construction in 1865 of a house at 199 Hope Street in Providence for his wife Mary Ann Balch (1823-1889) and their six children. Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years, the house is a three story, thirty room Renaissance Revival villa with Italian palazzo elements. Embellished with elaborate faux finishes, colorful stained glass windows, ornate woodwork details, and surviving original furnishings, the house is also significant for its pioneering mechanical systems.

Warwick

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Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum

4157 Post Road
Warwick, RI  02818
Phone: (401) 884-9490
Year Built: 1872
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Open by appointment

The house at Clouds Hill was built as a wedding gift for Elizabeth Ives Slater on her marriage to Alfred Augustus Reed, Jr. The home passed from Elizabeth to her daughter, Helen, on to Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Anne, and finally to her great-granddaughter, Anne. Anne is the current owner and graciously invites you to visit her family home which is also a museum.

Westerly

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Babcock-Smith House

124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI  02891
Phone: (401) 596-5704
Year Built: 1734
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $1
Hours: See their website

This early Georgian-styled mansion was built circa 1734 for Dr. Joshua Babcock, who was Westerly’s first physician and a Chief Justice of Rhode Island. It was Westerly’s first Post Office, and later became the home of Orlando Smith, discoverer of Westerly Granite in 1846.