Redwood Athenaeum

Library in Newport

Founded by Abraham Redwood in 1747 as an important archive of American history and architecture, this beautiful neoclassical library was designed and built by architect Peter Harrison – honored within by a room devoted to significant American portraiture. There's also a gallery with revolving exhibits and a quiet reading room. In the warmer months, a series of genteel concerts and garden parties are frequently held here: check the homepage for what's on.

Guided tours run Mon-Sat at 10.30am and last one hour (adult/child $5/free).