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Making the most of your time in Rhode Island will be easy when you check out any of these seven museums. If yachting is your thing, you're in luck – head for Newport and tour the Museum of Yachting, while others will enjoy the John Waterman Arnold House.
1. WARWICK MUSEUM OF ART
What Rhode Island lacks in overall square footage, it certainly makes up for with a wide range of excellent things to see and do. Plan a visit to Warwick and check out the very impressive Warwick Museum of Art, easily accessed from Interstate 95. Closed Sunday – Tuesday, the WMOA features a bevy of exceptional exhibits, edifying for young and old.
2. JOHN WATERMAN ARNOLD HOUSE
Operated by the Warwick Historical Society, the John Waterman Arnold House continually proves to yield historic insights into the Warwick area of Rhode Island. Only minutes inland from the Providence River, the John Waterman House features artifacts from his time as a colonel in the Warwick Militia.
3. INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
One of Newport's premier tennis-themed attractions, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is certainly worth a visit for anyone who loves the sport – and even if you don't, there's plenty to see here. Find the ITHF just inland of the Newport Harbor along Bellevue Avenue. Explore the ITHF Museum for a look back at some of the best to ever play the game. Tennis anyone?
4. NEW ENGLAND WIRELESS & STEAM MUSEUM
When traveling with the kids through the West Greenwich area of Rhode Island, be sure to treat them to an edifying afternoon at the New England Wireless & Steam Museum. Found just outside of Camp Fogarty Training Center along Frenchtown Road, this museum highlights the world of mechanical and electrical engineering.
5. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & PLANETARIUM
Found within Roger Williams Park, the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium is one of Rhode Island's premier educational destinations. It's just south of downtown Providence, and yields fun-filled and mind-opening experiences for all ages.
6. GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE HOMESTEAD
A major figure within the American Revolutionary War, General Nathanael Greene is an icon within the Coventry area of central Rhode Island. During your visit, be sure to explore the Gen. Greene Homestead, the site where he lived from 1770 to 1776. It's been a museum since 1924.
7. MUSEUM OF YACHTING
Whether you're the yachting type, or simply interested in the history of yachts in southeastern Rhode Island, the Museum of Yachting is the place to be in Newport. Opened in 1979, this museum, library, and general go-to of yachting offers unique insights, tours, and exhibits.