Think boats are the only reason to schedule a visit to Newport? Think again. It’s all about cars at the Audrain Automobile Museum. Opened in the fall of 2014 with the vision of becoming one of New England’s preeminent automotive museums, the Audrain comprises more than 160 of history’s rarest and remarkable vehicles -- making it a must-do destination on every car aficionado's list.
About the Audrain
The Audrain is an apt addition to the town which played host to the country’s very first automobile race. (33 miles an hour, baby!) And while there’s no better place to discover the richness of America’s past than Newport, the Audrain revs up the appeal even more.
Whether you’re a first-timer at the museum or a frequent flyer -- err, driver -- you can expect a completely new experience every time you visit thanks to themed exhibits featuring a rotating lineup of fully restored vehicles ranging from the early 20th century to the present day.
Currently on exhibit at the Audrain and running through February 26th is “American Muscle.” From Corvettes and Camaros to GTOs, Mustangs, and more, this exhibit is sure to rev up your engine. Previous exhibitions have included everything from the “Supercar Evolution” to the “”Pre-War Collection.”
Visiting the Audrain
The Audrain is open on Sundays through Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 7pm with admission fees of $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; and $8 for students, young children, and members of the military.
Or, to arrange for a private and customizable guided tour experience for your small group of up to 50 people, email email@example.com or call 401-856-4420
From Wheels to Racquets
But a phenomenal fleet of cars isn't the only reason to visit Newport’s Audrain Automobile Museum. Architecture enthusiasts will also enjoy the building’s historic significance. Designed by renowned architect Bruce Price and constructed as the Gilded Age was coming to its glittery close, the Audrain is one of four buildings that make up Newport's distinctive central block, which recently underwent a renovation to restore it to its original turn-of-the-century splendor.
Not only that, but the Audrain’s premier location adjacent to the International Tennis Hall of Fame offers additional incentive for history buffs.
Cars may have been the ultimate Gilded Age luxury, but why not enjoy a modern-day, luxurious experience of your own at the Chanler? With accommodations equivalent of “high-performance,” this European-styled boutique hotel is the perfect destination as it offers easy access to the Audrain, as well as to all of Newport’s other delights.