Tours at the Newport Art Museum feature a unique blend of historic architecture and the history of Newport, along with 19th century and contemporary art on view in multiple galleries.
Griswold House is a National Historic Landmark and an official project of Save America’s Treasures. Designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China Trade merchant and financier. This was Hunt’s first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Hunt went on to design many of the grand cottages of Newport’s Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Marble House, and Ochre Court.
Across the Museum's courtyard is another historic building, the Cushing Memorial Gallery. Designed by William Adams Delano, the Gallery opened in 1920 as a memorial to artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, one of the early members and most prominent supporters of the Art Association. Carrying on the American Renaissance style of the late nineteenth century, the quiet classical details of the Cushing Gallery contrast with the slate roof, gables, and cross pieces of Griswold House.
The Gallery was enlarged in 1991 with the addition of the Nathalie Bailey Morris Gallery, the Sarah Rives Lobby, and state-of-the-art collections storage, enabling the Museum to expand and upgrade its collections and exhibitions, and to borrow important pieces from major museums across the country.
Tours last approximately 60 minutes, and are curated based on the interests of the group.
Discounted Group Admission Rates
For groups of 10 or more. Does not include Gallery Guide fees.
FREE for Museum Members
$7/Military and College Students
$5/Youth to age 18
Guided Tour Gallery Guide Fees
One Gallery Guide: 15 guests
Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.
Enhance Your Tour: Get Creative!
Harness your post-tour inspiration while engaging in an instructor-led art making class in jewelry-making, painting or other mediums at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies!
Please allow an additional 2.5 hours for this class.
$38/person additional fee for 10-36 guests
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due two weeks prior to the tour date. Please send check made payable to Newport Art Museum or pay with credit or debit card. Final payment of admission charges for the pre-reserved number of guests (less the $50 deposit) must be made in full on the day of your visit.