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Redwood Library & Athenaeum

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About Redwood Library & Athenaeum

Redwood Library & Athenaeum is a historic wedding venue located in Newport, Rhode Island, about 15 minutes from Newport State Airport. This museum is perfect for couples who prefer to celebrate their special day in the city amongst history and a beautiful garden that will transport them back in time. The unique, luxurious space is perfect for awing guests with intimate indoor and outdoor settings of classical architecture. Couples who are searching for a memorable space to hold their weddings will find that the Redwood Library & Athenaeum is a wonderful option. The museum is roughly 15 minutes from the Newport State Airport.

Facilities and Capacity

The historic library and beautilful garden can accommodate up to 350 guests for ceremonies, receptions, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Wedding events may be held inside the museum’s walls, with historical ornamentation and walls lined with antique books and historical portraits, or outdoors where the beautiful, lush garden serves as a stunning backdrop. Whichever space couples choose, they will enjoy the venue’s sophisticated atmosphere that allows for intimacy and privacy.

Services Offered

Redwood Library & Athenaeum’s professional, cordial staff will help you with any questions or concerns. This venue offers couples an event planner to assist them with organizing wedding events, as well as a list of preferred vendors to choose from to make their search easy. Redwood Library & Athenaeum also offers the following services:

  • Bridal suite
  • Liability insurance
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless internet
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access


Redwood Library & Athenaeum was built in 1747 by Abraham Redwood and 45 other colonists. It was initially named the Company of the Redwood Library and was created to make written knowledge available to the greater Newport community. During the Revolutionary War, the library was used by the occupying army and many books went missing. Today, about 92% of those missing books have been returned or replaced. The Redwood Library & Athenaeum was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1966.



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