South County Museum has been honoring Rhode Island’s Rural, Village and Maritime History for 84 years. Central to our mission is the sharing of this history with our community. To this end, we offer a variety of guided group opportunities to help you enjoy our museum campus. All group tours require a reservation so that we can be sure to accommodate the number of visitors, their interests, special needs, and ages. Below, we have outlined some of the programs that we provide to our group visitors. Group tours can be scheduled Tuesdays-Saturdays from opening day to closing (May-October). For more information or to schedule a group tour, please contact the museum at 401-783-5400 or reach out to us through either our general inquiry email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Associate Director Blaire Gagnon directly at email@example.com. We look forward to hosting you soon!
School Groups/Cub Scouts/Girl Scouts
Cost: $6/student—chaperones, organizers, bus drivers are free
Time: 90 minutes
Upon arrival at South County Museum (SCM), you will begin your visit nestled under the shade of a tree in front of our main exhibit hall, the Metz, where Executive Director Jim Crothers will welcome you to our beautiful campus by the Bay and introduce you to how SCM will connect the past to the present during your visit. You will then be divided up into groups of 8-10, and each group will begin a rotation through 4 areas of the museum complex: printshop, blacksmith shop, the Metz Exhibition Hall, and the Schoolhouse, spending about 20 minutes in each area. At each site, under the tutelage of museum staff and volunteers, our young visitors take part in hands-on learning activities including printing, blacksmithing, and playing games children enjoyed in the past. We are happy to have you bring a bagged lunch to enjoy on site before or after your tour. We have several picnic benches and can accommodate our guests inside the Metz if the weather gets iffy. Organizers are asked to have a plan to divide their groups prior to arrival to facilitate the tour and that there be a ratio of 1 chaperone to 10 students while onsite. Because we are a campus-style museum, proper outdoor attire and insect repellant may be needed.
Senior Group Tours: General and the 32nd Annual Folk Art Quilt Show
General Visit Tours:
Cost: $10/person– chaperones, organizers, bus drivers are free
Time: up to 90 minutes
Seniors and other adult groups of 5 or more, whether organized by a group of friends or an organization, are encouraged to visit SCM together. Senior and adult groups will be provided a tour guide(s), depending on group size, for the duration of their visit that will bring to life the variety and depth of the museum’s campus and collections. Organizers are encouraged to discuss the groups interests and needs during the booking process so that the guides can plan which aspects of the museum to highlight during the tour or if any specific accommodations are needed. There are many areas to sit and rest during the tour, and guides will move at the pace of the group.
Senior Tour Day for the 32nd Annual Folk Art Quilt Show
Date: September 14, 2017
On Thursday September 14, 2017, South County Museum is offering a special day for Seniors to tour our Annual Folk Art Quilt Show. The Quilt Show, which includes over 75 amazing quilts made by local quilters, is displayed inside our main exhibition building the Metz. In 2016, over 400 visitors attended the show from Fri-Sun. This Seniors-only group visitation day is designed to allow a more accessible viewing of the quilts. Besides the quilts made by our local community, SCM will also be highlighting 5 quilts from its collection at this year’s show. Associate Director Blaire Gagnon will be on hand Thursday to provide the same programming related to these quilts that will be offered during the weekend’s hours.
Accessibility & Special Services
- South County Museum has ample parking and can accommodate multiple school and small busses. Handicap access vans/busses can pull up to the ramp of our main exhibit hall to discharge visitors if desired.
- The Visitors Center, Metz Exhibition Hall and Print Shop are wheelchair-accessible. The other buildings have a step up to access. South County Museum has one wheelchair available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Bathroom facilities are available in the Visitors Center and the Metz Exhibit Building.
- A baby-changing station is available in one of the Metz’s unisex bathrooms.