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Block Island Historical Society

Old Town Rd., New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
+1 401-466-2481
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Learn about the island!

I recommend devoting some of your vacation to visiting the historical society so that you can learn... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
This is a great little museum

This is a great little museum with lots of artifacts and stories of the island's history. I... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible0%
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Old Town Rd., New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
+1 401-466-2481

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend devoting some of your vacation to visiting the historical society so that you can learn about the island and its history. Many interesting photos and maps. The young man in charge had been on the island all his life and was going back...More

Thank bachluvr
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great little museum with lots of artifacts and stories of the island's history. I recommend a visit for at least an hour or so.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Love this little gem, housed in an old home. It's easy to take it all in - learn about Bi and its history. Interesting for the kids too. Helpful staff. Perfect for a rainy day or anytime.

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 4 July 2017

For information about the History of the Island, and for all the little sites and attractions that one will find while exploring the island. If the Block Island Historical Society doesn't have the information, no one will. Attached are a couple of attraction sites that...More

Thank DaveEB310
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

While visiting BI in late September we were on the island for 2 additional days as the ferry wasn't running due to rough seas. As a courtesy to visitors the staff at the museum opened up on Thursday & Friday afternoons on days it would...More

Thank pvs28holly
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We spent several hours at the Historical Society on our recent first trip to Block Island....and we wanted to spend More! The organization & staff is fantastic, with wonderful attention to all visitors questions and interests. The video about the moving of the Lighthouse was...More

Thank CaraNYC2014
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This collection of antiques from BI This collection of antiques have items I have never seen before in tours of many historic museums, such as a metal skirt hoop and a commercial stove to heat flat irons. "Block Islanders never throw out anything." In several...More

Reviewed 14 August 2016

We hit a rainy day on Block. We found lots to do anyway. The Historical Society is wonderful. The young man greeted us upon entrance and was very nice & helpful! The Director took time after hours to speak with us about items in the...More

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Spent over an hour wandering through the exhibits memorializing Block Island's past. Fascinating displays, and lots of model ships and other nautical memorabilia

Thank ladysailor715
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Small, small place. Exhibit very limited. I thought there'd be someone to explain things. You walk in and young guy looks like he's bored out of his skull. You go in see exhibit in small room. It's all hodge podge. Too bad probably could be...More

1  Thank travelagogo2016
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