The South County Museum is one of Rhode Island’s treasured museums. Located in South County, this museum aims to keep the local history alive and well. The museum was founded in 1933 and now contains over 20,000 items. The museum is located on Canonchet Farm, a 174-acre public park owned by the town of Narragansett. The mission of the South County Museum is, “South County Museum illustrates our past, which gives meaning to our present and illuminates our path to the future. South County Museum will preserve the history and heritage of rural and coastal life in southern Rhode Island for the education.” The museum provides a family friendly environment that will inspire those of all ages to keep our rich history alive and thriving. Stepping on the museum grounds is like stepping back in time. Creating an appreciation for and inspiring curiosity about the way things once were. You can learn about the history of the museum here.
Being an independent non-profit, means that this museum sustains itself on donations, admissions and grants. There are many ways you can contribute to the longevity of South County Museum. One of the best ways is to become a member. Not only will you be a part of preservation, you will also enjoy all that the membership has to offer. You can learn more here. People of all ages and all walks of life will forever be inspired by the treasure that await you at South County Museum!
Visit the farm and say hello to the Rhode Island Red Heritage Flock, sheep, goats and a pair of rabbits.
Self-guided tours − Carpentry Shop, Blacksmith Forge, One-Room Schoolhouse and the
Guided tours last about one hour.
School Tours- must be booked at least two weeks before the visit. The Museum requests a ratio of eight students per chaperone.
The cost is $5 per student. Chaperones are free. A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required one week before the scheduled tour.
Want to know more about the school tour program? Use the “Side” links below to print out our school
Active Senior Tours
A museum interpreter will lead each group on a tour which will focus on various aspects of life in a coastal village. Living History
demonstrators include the blacksmith and the printer and perhaps other artisans. Along the way, the group will visit the state’s only
Rhode Island Red Heritage Flock, a flock of Romney sheep, our goats Ada and ZsaZsa and our two rabbits. The group also will see
the herb garden and vegetable garden, as well as the historic Robinson Family Cemetery.
At least 11/2 hours should be allocated for the tour.
Coffee and donuts are available during the tour.
Group tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
The fee for the tour is $12 per person.
Scout Camp Overnights
The Museum grounds are available for overnight camping by Scout organizations. Interested adult leaders should contact the
Museum for more information.
Blacksmith & Letterpress Workshops
Blacksmithing lessons for adults and youngsters, and letterpress lessons for adults, all in August. Click here for more information.
Host an Event
Did you know that South County Museum is also the perfect back-drop for your next event? From weddings to showers and everything in between…you are guaranteed a beautiful and historic location. Click here for event and wedding details!
115 Strathmore Street,
Narragansett, RI 02882