Fall Family Day


Fall Family Day Admission

Free for Members. $20/adult, $10/child 6-12

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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.  

Touch a Truck Family Night

     Free for Members


$10/Child 6-12

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“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.

Come enjoy a night to remember with live music, arts and crafts, and photo-op ready fire trucks, August 25 from 6-8 PM. Relax to the bluegrass tunes of Farm Dog or take a tour of the new exhibit, “Commercial Fishing: The Early Years.” Watch and learn as the blacksmiths demonstrate their trade at the forge.
All are encouraged to attend and make happy summer memories.
This special event is free for members and general admission for non-members. Registration required.

South County Museum Hosts Rhode Island’s Leading Civil War Experts

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

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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

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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.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical at South County Museum


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

July 3rd Annual Chick Hatch

Come start your 4th of July weekend with us on ON SATURDAY, JULY 3RD 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM for The Annual Chick Hatch. South County Museum’s Living History Farm is home to two heritage Rhode Island Red Chicken flocks. Each year, the museum hatches almost 200 baby chicks to start a new generation of egg layers.
This Summer Family Event is a great event for young and old alike. Between 400 – 600 visitors join us each year for one of the museum’s most popular events to celebrate our Rhody pride in the state’s favorite bird. Reservations require
Free to members
General admission $20.00/Adults $10/Kids

Family Fun Day

$12.00 – $40.00

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Music at the Museum

Music at the Museum tickets sold out!

Summer has finally arrived and South County Museum is making a big song and dance about it! Get your groove on at The “Music at the Museum” concert with live music, yard games, and local fare on June 26th from 4:00-9:00 pm. 

Dance the night away with 4 local Rhode Island performers, including Third Signal, Rhode to Bali, Guess Method, Dudemanbro. Your family can enjoy a lively mix of tunes, from bluesy-island and indie-jazz beats to rock reggae jams. Get a taste of local flavors with Rhode Island food truck favorites the whole family can enjoy, including Gansett Poke, Paco’s Tacos, and RI Cruisin’ Cocktails. Bring your appetite and your dancing shoes for a historic night of music and dancing on our sprawling campus! 


$20 Adult non-member

$15 Adult member

$15 Child non-member

$10 Child member

Free: Children under 6


Commercial Fishing Opening Night Raffle


South County Museum is proud to announce the official opening of the Metz Exhibit Hall, as well as the preview of our brand new exhibit “Commercial Fishing – The Early Years” on May 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM. This event will feature the raffle of a breathtaking watercolor painting generously donated by Robert Chase. He has captured the art of trap fishing, and this treasure could be yours to take home!

Tickets are $10, or $50 for 6. Tickets are available through the end of May. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the month.

Raffle: Watercolor Painting “Fish Trapping”

$10.00 – $50.00

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Don’t miss your chance to reel in this catch, it is a stunning piece you won’t want to release!

Commercial Fishing- The Early years Preview

Are you interested in being the first to see our new commercial fishing exhibit? Join our preview night to get an exclusive first look at our new commercial fishing exhibit and meet our new Executive Director. Come discover what the museum has in store this spring and summer.

Date: Friday, May 14th, 2021

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Donation $20 per person

Commercial Fishing Exhibit Opening Night


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Would you like to volunteer at South County Museum?

Volunteers Needed! Interested in getting involved using your passion and talents? South County Museum seeks individuals who are passionate about helping us preserve, interpret, and present Rhode Island’s unique rural history.

We are looking for volunteers and docents to help our visitors discover our living history museum this summer. You can take part in a special tour for volunteers on May 21st as part of your orientation for summer projects.

Please fill out this Online Volunteer Application Form or print and mail it to South County Museum, P.O. Box 709, Narragansett, RI 02882. Once your application is received, we will follow-up by phone.

In order for you to become familiar with the museum, job-specific training will be conducted by staff members while you learn by doing. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one scheduled three-hour block of time based on your schedule during our open hours.

Spring Family Event Sold out

South County Museum’s Spring Family Event is officially sold out due to great demand. We will have more event coming up, so please stay tuned for more information.

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought their tickets to support us and our event. We are so grateful for a community that is involved, supportive, and caring.

Please continue to come see us, and follow us on social media to explore, engage, and experience our rich history.