The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum is open for limited tours within current COVID-19 restrictions. Please fill out the form below to inquire about a tour at the Armory. The Varnum House Museum is currently closed for tours.
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We rely on donations, rental fees, grants, and tour donations to fund our preservation work and community outreach. All of those revenue streams have been cut or decreased by this crisis. Here’s how you can help!
JOIN THE VARNUM CONTINENTALS
At only $35 per person annually, membership helps the organization and keeps you in the loop about our latest news, events, and museum exhibits. Members get a newsletter that includes news, feature articles about local and U.S. history, and in-depth articles about featured exhibits at the Varnum House Museum and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. Follow this link to join!
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Invest in our future and help us to preserve the past! Donations are fully tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Follow this link to donate!
Varnum House Museum (1773)
It was 1773 when James Mitchell Varnum purchased a large plot of land overlooking Greenwich Bay in East Greenwich, RI, for the sum of $90. As a prominent figure in the Revolutionary War and early-American politics, Varnum attracted a “who’s who” of guests to the mansion built on this land, including George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Rochambeau, John Sullivan, Nathanael Greene, and many others. Containing numerous historical artifacts ranging from the late 17th century through the mid 19th century, the Varnum House Museum is open format, meaning that very few exhibits are behind glass or ropes. It is as if you’re touring the house as it appeared in the late 18th century!
Varnum Memorial Armory (1913)
The armory serves as the Varnum Continental’s headquarters and contains an extensive Military & Naval Museum which has been acquired through donation and purchase. There are ample facilities for private and public functions. It has a large drill hall (40 x 110) capable of seating several hundred, as well as a dining room, meeting rooms, a balcony display area, and several offices.
Join the Varnum Continentals for $35!
At only $35 per person annually, membership keeps you in the Varnum loop and supports our efforts to preserve U.S. history and educate the public. Members get a monthly newsletter and can also attend our monthly dinner programs that feature authoritative and engaging speakers on historic and military topics. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW!