Newport and its surrounding coastal communities are no strangers to adversity. In its nearly 400 years of history, this community has faced some dark and turbulent times, but with hard word and the belief of a brighter tomorrow, it has always persevered.
As the global pandemic continues, we're grateful to Newport's world-class museums and attractions for working hard to transition their exhibits and experiences into the digital space.
From virtual tours to live streams and digital exhibits, here's how you can stay entertained at home.
Please note: This page will be continually updated as more virtual tours are announced.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
VIRTUAL EXHIBITS + EXPERIENCES
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany was captivated by the interplay of light and color, and this fascination found its most spectacular expression in his glass “paintings.” Through the medium of opalescent glass, Tiffany could actually capture light in color and manipulate it to achieve impressionistic effects.
Organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is comprised of five windows, nineteen lamps, and more than 100 pieces of opalescent flat glass and glass “jewels” that illustrate the rich expanse of color and light available to the artists at the Tiffany Studios.
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed
In 1820 Audubon embarked on what would become his life’s work as “portraitist of all the birds of America.” His role as a frontiersman capturing a then-young America’s wilderness while traveling the principal interior flyway along the Mississippi epitomizes the spirit of the age.
John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed explores Audubon's relentless pursuit of the birds of America and his determination in seeing his beautiful artworks published. Highlights include over 20 hand colored double elephant folio-sized aquatints from Birds of America, ladies hats and fans illustrating the early-20th-century craze for feathers that lead to initial conservation efforts, as well as Audubon’s life mask and snuff box.
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: Becoming Vanderbilt
In a year celebrating women, Becoming Vanderbilt will shine a bright light on four of Newport's own. The Vanderbilt men are well known for their dominance of 19th-century American industry and the staggering fortunes they amassed during the Gilded Age; meanwhile, their wives and daughters turned their talents and formidable influence to causes outside the expected domestic realm. From Alice Vanderbilt’s philanthropy and her daughter Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s work as patron, artist and museum founder, to Alva Vanderbilt Belmont’s tireless efforts on behalf of women’s suffrage and her daughter Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan’s benevolence, we honor the legacy of these extraordinary women. This exhibition draws upon holdings in the Preservation Society’s collections as well as key loans from other institutions and private collections. Through the sharing of personal effects, clothing and memorabilia, they aim to introduce deeper narratives about each woman.
INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
DIGITAL EXHIBIT: Courting Fashion
The International Tennis Hall of Fame's first digital exhibit, Courting Fashion offers a look at the museum's fashion collection in detail while offering an in depth look at the evolution of tennis fashion through the years. Explore tennis apparel, footwear and accessories ranging from the Victorian Era to the tennis dress Billie Jean King wore at the Battle of the Sexes Match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 to the famous black lace dress worn by Venus Williams at the 2010 French Open.
Note: This digital exhibit is the first time that tennis fans have access to the museum's fashion collection in its entirety.
DIGITAL EXHIBIT: Smash Hit: The Evolution of the Tennis Racquet
Smash Hit: The Evolution of the Tennis Racquet illustrates the evolution of the tennis racquet, and features Hall of Famers using the collections of the Museum. Since the sport’s beginning, racquet manufacturers have experimented with different styles of frame shape and size, construction materials, means of fabrication and production, strings and stringing patterns, and handle shapes.
DIGITAL EXHIBIT: Tins, Cans, and Cartons
Is there anything better for a tennis player than the sound, scent, and sensation of popping open a fresh can of balls on a beautiful day? There are over 600 tennis ball containers in the museum collection that were previously only accessible to visitors to the museum. Now, the colorful collection is available to explore in this digital exhibit, Tins, Cans, and Cartons.
VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS
AUDRAIN AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM
See some of the most incredible automobiles at the Audrain Automobile Museum with Donald Osborne, renowned auto expert and regular on CNBC's Jay Leno's Garage, from a 1936 Bugatti to a modern day Bugatti and so much more.
MUSEUM OF NEWPORT HISTORY
Experience a 360 degree tour of the Museum of Newport History and see James Franklin’s printing press, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha, photographs, furniture, colonial silver, paintings, objects of daily life and more.
SELF-GUIDED OUTDOOR TOURS
All you need for these outdoor tours is your phone, your car or your bike. Explore self-guided audio walking tours, a driving tour and a bike tour that explore Newport's city as you traverse through cobblestone squares and historic streets.
From the Colonial Era through the Gilded Age to present day, learn about the history and scenery of Newport from the comfort of your car.
Ride through the historic district to catch a look at Colonial, Federal, and Victorian homes like the renowned mansions that once belonged to the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and the Morgans.
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