Visit Us

The museum at the corner of East Main and Union in Portsmouth, Rhode Island was established in 1938.

Come see us! The museum will be open Sunday, August 4th!

Welcome to the Society

The Portsmouth Historical Society is located in the former Christian Union Church at the corner of East Main Road and Union Street in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

The Society was incorporated in 1938 in response to the enthusiasm created by Rhode Island’s 300th anniversary celebrations in 1936 at the dedication ceremony of Founders Brook in Portsmouth.

The Society has a large collection of artifacts, textiles, archives and farming equipment spanning the 385 years since the establishment of Portsmouth!

Upcoming Events

We host a variety of events throughout the year, including presentations from local authors and tours of local landmarks.

We do not currently have any events. Please check back soon!

Benefits of Membership

Becoming a member is easy. You can renew online or by mail.

VIP Admission

Your annual membership includes:

  • Admission to our museum
  • Admission to all Society events
  • Two research appointments
  • And more!

Special Discounts

Save 10% or more in Society's gift shop! Become a member today and shop our collection of books, postcards and specially curated reproductions from the Society's archives!

Time Traveler’s Membership

Your PHS Membership includes membership in the national Time Traveler’s network. Enjoy exclusive benefits and privileges at museums and historical sites nationwide.


Visit the Time Traveler's website for more info.

Our Car Tour

Take a cruise through historic Portsmouth, Rhode Island taking in the sights from the "good ol' days". This tour starts at the Old Stone Bridge and ends at Greenvale.

The interactive map below showcases the best route for this tour, with directions to each historic landmark. Click or tap on the markers for more details.

We whose names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick

Portsmouth Compact, 1638

Explore Our Collections

We are open for research!

The Society maintains a broad collection of items that document Portsmouth’s social, religious, political, medical, military, archeological and agricultural heritage. The Society also maintains a collection of general items pertaining to the history of the United States as a whole, as this was an additional focus of the Society’s mission when the Society was first formed.

Thank you to our
Circle Members

These members contributed at or above the Anne Hutchinson Circle giving level during our last fiscal year. These members have gone above and beyond in showing their support for our cause of preserving Portsmouth's history for future generations! Thank you!

Support Our Mission

Your support will help us in our mission to Preserve, Protect, and Promote Portsmouth history. Stewardship of our rich history is the legacy that will provide a lasting impact on our citizens and preserve the unique character of our town.

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top