"Different Tools, Different Views!"
May 15 to August 16
The Society holds extraordinary collections that provide an unparalleled record of Bristol history and are enjoyed by locals, scholars, and visitors from around the world.
We are located in an 1828 jail built of granite blocks. Together with the rear 1858 jail block addition, the Society houses a library, exhibit rooms, and a meeting room.
REGULAR OPEN HOURS
for Tours and Research
Wednesdays: 1 to 5 pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 1 to 7 pm
Summer Saturdays: 12 to 3 pm
Open Also by Special Appointment
Due to limited staff, please make an appointment for research in the Library or Document Room at least two weeks in advance. Research is free to members and $10 per day for non-members.
You may also request research to be done for you at the rate of $25 per hour.
The mission of the Society is to stimulate interest in the history of Bristol, Rhode Island, through education, research, and the collection and preservation of historic objects.
Our COLLECTIONS include Manuscripts, Books and Pamplets, Photographs, Textiles, Artwork, Artifacts and Ephemera, Furniture, Newspapers, Ledgers, Account Books, Genealogy Files, and Correspondence.
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your community.
As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation. The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department. As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.
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