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Treasures Inside The Museum steps into the back rooms of more than a dozen museums throughout Southern New England, delving into their treasured collections and uncovering pieces that often remain hidden away. The new 7-part series airs Fridays at 8 p.m., beginning October 4, on Rhode Island PBS. (Each episode encores the following Saturday at noon and 11 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.)

In a visit to the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, see a meticulously-crafted Native American wampum necklace said to be hundreds of years old.

Listen to the tales from the men who ventured around the world in wooden whaling ships and view the 1848 panorama entrusted to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Some of Major League Baseball’s greatest players were born in Rhode Island and honed their craft playing with local mill workers; this history is preserved in Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.

An important part of life in the Ocean State is industry and recreation associated with the water. In the first episode, the series steps back in time to relive the glory days of the Herreshoff Family, and the profound craftsmanship of boats used for industry and pleasure.  

And there is so much more. Each episode visits two locations of historical treasures in the region. This is a treasure hunt you won’t want to miss.


101 At the Herreshoff Marine Museum, explore the history of sailings most prolific boat designers. In the second segment, discover the treasures inside the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum.

102 At the Museum of Work & Culture, learn why families left their farms in Quebec for a better life in Rhode Island. Discover our colonial history inside the Rhode Island State Archives.

103 At the Tomaquag Museum, the history of the region’s indigenous people comes alive, then reach back in time at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

104 The New Bedford Whaling Museum is full of exhibits chronicling the history of whaling in the region. In segment two, discover the stories behind a private car collection at the Newport Car Museum.

105 The Redwood Library & Athenaeum collection includes rare books and timeless exhibits, while the World War II Education Center preserves the stories of the Greatest Generation.

106 Learn why Hearthside House is called the "House that Love Built," then visit the Babcock-Smith House Museum, home of Rhode Island's first Yale graduate, Dr. Joshua Babcock.

107 The RISD Museum shares some of its finest collections from around the world. In segment two, experience life in the 18th century at Coggeshall Farm.