Summer Exhibit 2022
The Jamestown Museum at Fifty: A Retrospective

Our 2022 summer exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Jamestown Historical Society Museum.  Forty-three unique exhibits have been mounted in the old 1885 primary school since the museum began.  The exhibit reprises these earlier exhibits with selected photographs, art, and objects.




Sue Maden, the Exhibit Committee chair, organized the retrospective around eight themes reflecting the subject matter of the 50 years of exhibits: Transportation, Farming, Architecture, The Arts, Serving Our Town, Serving Our Country, How We Lived, and Special Events.  Rosemary Enright, the exhibit curator, chose one exhibit for each theme to reprise.

Special Events




Serving our Country

The building that houses the museum had housed a primary school and then the town library.  In November 1971, at the time the current Jamestown Philomenian Library was built on North Road, the Town Council agreed to rent the 85-year-old building to the Jamestown Historical Society.  The historical society had been looking for a facility to use as a museum almost since its founding in 1912. 

The members renovated and reorganized the interior in time for the first exhibit in 1973.  The Ferry Room was established that first year and has been a permanent part of the museum ever since although it has been moved and updated from time to time.

Serving Our Town

How We Lived

Museum location and hours:  92 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, Rhode Island

CLOSED for the Winter
Reopening Memorial Day, May 28, 2023