Roger Williams Memorial Outdoor Visitor Center

Anyone who has seen the inside of the charming museum/bookstore at the Roger Williams National Memorial knows that safely “distancing” more than two people in there would be a challenge. The rangers’ solution has been to move the operation outdoors, weather permitting. (Check at Facebook.)

Check in with Mark, seen here setting up the Outdoor Visitor Center last Sunday. You are invited to stop by and chat with a ranger, browse the exhibit, watch the short film, or just enjoy the park.

Please come down and chat with the rangers, see our film, and look at our small exhibit. Inclement weather may impact temporary visitor center operating hours.

Park staff has set up a temporary outdoor visitor center on the Memorial grounds where you can view a short film, look at a small exhibit and chat with the rangers. While visiting our outdoor visitor center and engaging with staff, we ask that you please wear a face covering and respect the social distancing guidelines in place.

The park grounds, with its open lawn and tall trees, are open seven days a week, dawn to dusk. There are tables for picnicking, or bring a blanket and Frisbee. Free parking is located on the Canal Street side of the park, just down the hill from the Statehouse.

There is still no access to restrooms.

Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island, a champion of the ideals of religious freedom and liberty of conscience. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, established the first civil society in the new world in 1636 on the site of the present-day Memorial.

10:30am to 2:30pm, Thursday through Sunday, Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, (directions)

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