Loeb Visitors CenterTouro Synagogue National Historic Site, Newport, RI

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Loeb Visitors Center Newport Rhode Island

Hours of Operation

The Loeb Visitors Center is open year around at varying hours. Click to view the Current Schedule of Synagogue Tours and Hours that the Loeb Visitors Center Exhibits are Open. You may wish to allow extra time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through adjacent Patriots Park, a beautifully landscaped garden honoring Jewish patriots of the Revolutionary War.

The tour schedule may vary due to Jewish holidays, ceremonial occasions and special events. Additional tours may be scheduled for holiday weeks and cruise ship dockings.

When Touro Synagogue is operating as a House of Worship, the Loeb Visitors Center is closed and there are no synagogue tours.

Loeb Visitors Center Weather

Weather

In the event of a major weather event, tours may be cancelled. For additional information, please call us at: or .

Loeb Visitors Center Directions

Directions

Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center

52 Spring Street

Newport, RI 02840

Loeb Visitors Center Parking

Parking

Touro Synagogue and the Loeb Visitors Center do not provide parking. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Newport Gateway Center, located at 23 America’s Cup Avenue (at W. Marlborough Street) as parking on Newport streets is very limited and parking regulations are strictly enforced.

Visitors can also take advantage of the Newport Trolley which provides (for a modest fee) transportation throughout Newport. The City of Newport also has several public pay lots.

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Loeb Visitors Center Admission

Admission

Entry to the Loeb Visitors Center is included in your tour of Touro Synagogue. Individual tour tickets are available in the Loeb Visitors Center. Groups of 10 or more wishing to visit Touro Synagogue can be accommodated but should be scheduled in advance. Please contact: or call: for further information.

The tour schedule may vary due to Jewish holidays, ceremonial occasions and special events. Additional tours may be scheduled for holiday weeks and cruise ship dockings. When the synagogue is operating as a House of Prayer the Loeb Visitors Center is closed and there are no synagogue tours.

Tour pricing is as follows:

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students, military, National Trust Members, and National Park Service Pass Holders (with appropriate ID): $ 8
  • Children 13 and under: Free

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex accepted.

Loeb Visitors Center Handicapped Accessible

Accessibility

The Loeb Visitors Center is fully handicap accessible. However, the Touro Synagogue is not fully accessible. Please call for more information:

Loeb Visitors Center Newport Rhode Island

John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center

The Loeb Visitors Center in Newport, Rhode Island is the gateway to visitation of the Touro Synagogue, Patriots Park, and the historic Colonial Jewish Burying Ground. The Visitors Center exhibitions are a celebration of America’s First Amendment rights and help us learn how religious freedom and the clear separation of church and state came to be part of American law and culture. Visitors may also find inspiration in the personal histories of colonial American Jews and their contributions to the nation’s beginning.

The first floor of the main Visitors Center building houses the information desk, introductory exhibits and visitor facilities. On the second floor, guests may view permanent and changing exhibitions relating to the four-fold mission of the center:

  1. To explain how Newport and the Rhode Island colony became the center of and originating focal points for the concepts of religious liberty, tolerance, and the separation of church and state in colonial America
  2. To educate the public on the role of the Founding Fathers (i.e.: Washington and Jefferson) as key figures in the dissemination of these concepts by telling the story of Washington’s Letter to the Jews of Newport
  3. To examine the history of Jews in Colonial and Revolutionary War America;
  4. To explore the history of the Touro Synagogue, the oldest extant synagogue building in the United States, its congregation and its architect Peter Harrison

Through the second floor’s arched windows and from the outdoor balcony, visitors have a panoramic view of Patriots Park, the synagogue and other Newport landmarks, among which are those described below.

Touro Synagogue Newport Rhode Island

Touro Synagogue

Designed by renowned colonial architect Peter Harrison and dedicated in 1763, Touro Synagogue is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America. Designated a National Historic Site in 1946, it serves as home to Congregation Jeshuat Israel and each year greets thousands of visitors who come to hear its remarkable story.

Patriots Park Newport Rhode Island

Patriots Park

Located between the Visitors Center and Touro Synagogue, Patriots Park commemorates the significant roles played by Jews in the development of the United States of America. It was created in the 1970s on the land directly beside the synagogue, but outside of the Touro wall. Jewish individuals, whose actions and influence played a significant role in early American history and the Revolutionary War, are honored. During the park’s construction, each of the patriot states was invited to nominate the honoree who now represents them.

Barney House Newport Rhode Island

Barney House

Adjacent to the main exhibition hall is the Barney House (The Loeb Visitors Center Annex). The history of this property can be traced back to 1702, when Jonathan Barney purchased the land and built a small two-story home. By the 1750s the house had been expanded to fourteen rooms with a gambrel-styled roof. The house was restored to its 1757 configuration and became part of the Loeb Visitors Center.

Colonial Jewish Burial Ground Newport Rhode Island

Colonial Jewish Burial Ground

Four blocks from the Visitors Center on Touro Street is the old burial ground for the congregation of the Touro Synagogue, immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Jewish Cemetery at Newport” and Emma Lazarus’s response to Longfellow, “In the Jewish Synagogue in Newport.” Among those buried here are Abraham and Judah Touro.


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