Jamestown Museum

92 Narragansett Avenue | Jamestown RI 02835

Schoolhouse to Library to Museum

The Jamestown Historical Society’s museum building was originally built in 1885 as a one-room primary school. From 1898 to 1971, the building was the town’s library. In 1971 when the current library was built, the Jamestown Historical Society leased the old library for use as a museum.

In 2008 the interior of the building was refurbished, elements of the original schoolhouse were restored, and insulation, heating, and air conditioning were installed. A new entry, handicapped access, and new landscaping were completed.


Each year a new exhibit is created and displayed in the Jamestown Museum.

The planned Summer 2020 exhibit in the Jamestown Historical Society museum at 92 Narragansett Avenue was The Art of Jamestown. It was to display original artwork from our collection and was curated by Jamestown artist Peter Marcus. Since the museum did not open this year, you can click HERE to see the exhibit.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is closed for 2020, however can be opened by appointment. The museum is normally open every Wednesday through Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm from mid-June through Labor Day. From Labor Day to Columbus Day, the museum is open on weekends from 1 pm to 4 pm. The society welcomes anyone interested in being a docent at the museum and greeting our visitors.

Jamestown Museum

Browse through time


Primary School Opens
A new schoolhouse for the lower grades opens on the west side of Southwest Avenue, not far from the Four Corners. The schoolhouse stands 50 feet back from the road on a half-acre lot. A fence encloses the rear yard. The boys and girls have separate entry doors and separate playgrounds.


From Schoolhouse to Library
The primary school building is moved to the Artillery Lot. The Jamestown Philomenian Library Association moves the library books, formerly kept in various places around town, into the building.


From Library to History Museum
The new library on North Road opens. The Jamestown Historical Society leases the old library to use as a museum. The museum opens the following year with an exhibit of memorabilia from the ferryboat era.