We are looking for volunteers to help put some smiles on visitor’s faces at the Fall Family Day and 35th Annual Quilt Show. Come join us for a beautiful day outside at the museum and lend a hand in simple tasks. All welcomed – you can rsvp using the Signupgenius above or call the office at 401-783-5400.
Bike Day Admission
Free for Members. $20/adult, $10/child 6-12
In honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day, the South County Museum is hosting Bike Day on October 1st from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Get ready for an afternoon of bike safety and history the whole family will enjoy,
This event is ideal for local elementary school students and parents, who can access the museum from the South County Bike Path. Pedal down to the museum after school to learn the cool local bike routes and test your bike safety knowledge with a special kid-friendly lesson.
Come explore a map of the most recent additions to the bike path, plus other multi-use paths in Narragansett and South Kingstown and recommended bike routes on state roads.
You will also discover the history of this old-fashioned mobile device. Anyone arriving at the museum on a bicycle will earn a free tour of the museum’s exhibits, including the bone-shaker and high wheeler bikes in its collection. Come step off of your modern bikes and back in time and explore our collection of historic transportation. This back-to-school event is the perfect way to get some exercise and explore the local environment.
Fall Family Day Admission
Free for Members. $20/adult, $10/child 6-12
Education meets entertainment at the South County Museum’s Fall Family Day, September 25th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event offers a day of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
Come enjoy lawn games and autumn arts and crafts, while the jaunty tunes of a mini music festival fill the campus. The South County Jammers and other musical groups will play an Old Time Jam Session of traditional fiddle songs.
You can also enjoy the museum’s 35th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show exhibit and discover traditional patterns alongside the newest trends of modern expression. In addition to handmade local quilts, the Metz Exhibit Hall will showcase the museum’s textile collection, which ranges from the 1790s and onward.
Budding scientists and nature lovers of all ages will enjoy programming from the museum’s partnership with a local nature nonprofit. At 1pm, Dr. David Gregg, the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, will give a video presentation followed by a “walk and talk” discussion on local invasive species.
Registration for Fall Family Day is required.
Meet James Transue (Jim T around the office), a volunteer since 2001. He is a previous board member, current advisor, and assistant to the director. He also serves as the go-to for all things photography, data entry, and Print Shop tours.
Jim has traveled the world, working for decades as an international reporter/copy editor for Travel Weekly, a New Jersey-based travel magazine. He especially enjoyed his job as Europe editor for the magazine in the 1980s. His best memories include giving tours around Paris, where he managed to keep track of all his travelers (no small feat)! Thank you, Jim, for being one of the South County Museum’s valued treasures.
Free for Members
“Touch a Truck” is an event the whole family can enjoy. Get ready for the cutest photoshoot of the summer – our community police officers and firefighters will have their vehicles ready for kids to climb aboard and explore.
Now would be a perfect time to give our community some comfort through color and pattern– but we need your help! The museum would be honored to display your works of fabric art throughout the Metz Exhibit Hall this year at the (rescheduled) 35th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show.
We hope for more submissions than ever since so many of us have had a little extra time on our hands since 2020. We will stay in touch until the quilt drop-off date on Monday, September 13th. We look forward to gathering again to celebrate and admire each of your talented submissions!
This month, two of the state’s premier Civil War historians take center stage at South County Museum. Their lectures offer an inside look into one of the most seminal military events in state and national history, July 28th at 7:00 PM and July 30th at 7:00 PM.
This event is free for members. $10 Non-members. Registration is required.
“Sprague & The Command Crisis” by Robert Grandchamp
July 28 | 7:00 PM
Robert Grandchamp is the award-winning author of 15 books on American military history. He received his MA in American History from Rhode Island College and is a former National Park Ranger. He is currently a senior analyst with the federal government and resides in Jericho Center, Vermont with his wife and two daughters. His featured discussion on July 28th, “Sprague & The Command Crisis,” will profile the summer of 1862, when Rhode Island’s Civil War governor, William Sprague, faced his toughest challenge to date, recruiting more young Rhode Islanders to go to war and dealing with a mutiny in one of his state’s units. How did he respond to these momentous decisions? How did his actions affect Rhode Island Civil War soldiers?
“The Varnum Armory Museum’s Efforts to Save Rhode Island Civil War History” by Patrick Donovan
July 30 | 7:00 PM
Patrick Donovan is Vice President of the Varnum Continentals Inc, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns and manages two museum properties: the James Mitchell Varnum estate and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. As Armory Vice President, Donovan is responsible for the Varnum Armory facility and is curator of the Varnum Armory Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rhode Island military history on display. On July 30th, he will present fascinating stories about the museum’s collection of Rhode Island Civil War artifacts and its efforts to conserve these priceless objects. He will have with him an assortment of these rare, one-of-a-kind items, including the Varnum Armory’s newest acquisition which earned them front page coverage in a recent edition of The Providence Journal.
Join us for a live performance of Little Women at the South County Museum, featuring the talented student actors from Narragansett High School. Follow the coming-of-age adventures of four sisters, set against the backdrop of Civil War-era New England. This performance offers a night to remember with showtimes on July 16-18th.
Enjoy this production on the property of Rhode Island’s Civil War governor, William Sprague. You’ll be seated in the romantic, ivy-covered stone ruins of the stables – the only building left after the October 1909 fire that burnt his 65-room mansion to the ground. Transport yourself to one of the most important periods in American history. This is the perfect precursor to Civil War History Week at the museum, beginning July 26th.
Don’t forget to register because tickets are limited. They are available for purchase here.
July 16th: 5:00PM (SOLD OUT)
July 17th: 1:00PM and 5:00PM
July 18th: 1:00PM and 5:00PM
During the dog days of summer, residents are looking to kick back, relax, and escapes from the crowds. After the museum closes to the public, the gates open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for members only, free of charge. Get out of the house and retreat to the museum’s hidden oasis of 8 acres surrounded by wooded trails and an ocean breeze.
This brand new memberships-only night offers special access to our facilities and activities that the whole family can enjoy! Bring your picnic, have a pizza delivered, or just bring a bottle of wine. Enjoy a brief tour at 6:00 PM with the new Executive Director, Heather. Exhibits will remain open until 7:00 PM This is a great chance to enjoy the brand new major exhibit “Commerical Fishing: The Early Years” or sneak in an Adult Open Forge or lesson with a friend.
This family-friendly event also offers a cute and simple hands-on craft, and lawn games perfect for the youngsters and the young at heart!
No charge, but RSVPs are required.