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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Neighbourhood: College Hill
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Address: 224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than...

This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating.

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Full of Gems

Whenever I'm in town, I check to see what the special exhibits are first...but often just wander among the permanent collection since it is full of unexpected treasures.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Wilmette
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whenever I'm in town, I check to see what the special exhibits are first...but often just wander among the permanent collection since it is full of unexpected treasures.

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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We never expected to see such a wide variety of art in a college museum. From Egyptian to Roman to classical to contemporary, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art had it all. The only thing missing was student artwork which was in the process of being set up. Friendly and informative staff. One negative is the lack... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please make a stop here you won't be disappointed! One of my favorite spots to go, mostly for the stories from the staff about the pieces they have. One of my favorites is about the owner of house walk through. They replicated a man's house I don't want to spoil anything just ask when you enter what the deal is... More 

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Providence, RI, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If design is an attractive issue for you, and you also like to see it in a historical perspective as well as in a global scale, you'll probably spend good time here. With various objects from Asia and Europe, a rich collection of post colonial US and a modest but striking section on contemporary art are all together inspiring. And... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was fortunate to go to RISD back in the 1980's, while I was in school going to the museum was a perk. Now it's a treat, to go back, to see new acquisitions and shows. This is one of The MUST - go to places on a visitation list! To pass this by would be a cultural loss for... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This museum is not big, but it has some interesting exhibits. I like the sculptures and furniture exhibited in the museum, some of which are the work of RISD alums.

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The RISD Museum was always on my must see places to visit where it is only a 20 min., less than 14 mile drive from my home. The free Sundays from 10 am - 5 pm and free on street parking which can be a problem on Providence's College Hill anytime of the day or evening, plus a local group... More 

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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The free Thursday exhibits are fantastic and a great free night. The exhibits are as wonderful as any art museum!

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The RISD museum was being renovated so was a bit difficult to maneuver around. The displays were interesting and worth the visit. We enjoyed our time there.

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This museum was a great surprise! There were so many different exhibits covering ancient through contemporary art. Make sure you allow yourself enough time, you won't want to be rushed.

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