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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903 (College Hill)
401-454-6500
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Ranked #1 of 66 attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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western, ma
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A great, often overlooked museum. We saw modern art, contemporary art, various design pieces, classical and ancient art, contemporary media, a large Andy Warhol exhibit, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollack, Monets and Manets and so much else. Best thing though--it is free on Sundays!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love visiting RISD's Museum. Pendleton House has fabulous furniture and decor of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Impressionists are superbly represented, and Budda is a must see! Something for every taste.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

RISD is a diamond in the rough. There are so many priceless pieces of art that you keep having to return. It is a gem hidden within the East Side.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Although Rhode Island is the smallest state-----we have some amazing museum's & activities. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The museum's collection includes some of the finest representations of Townsend Goddard Furniture to be found anywhere. Absolutely breathtaking pieces. If you enjoy Art and Antique Furniture the RISD Museum... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

RISD has a little bit of everything - art from antiquity to contemporary; design and decor. Highly recommend a visit - it's not too large, so you won't feel overwhelmed ... you can see it all in one visit.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The collection, neighborhood, giftshop and building are beautiful! Go during nice weather and spend the day.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A spectacular visit with treasures from classical times to the present. Works are beautifully curated. Scale of exhibitions is both intimate and substantive. A rare and special place. Expect to see the world's best art students along with the public viewing the exhibitions and collections.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You should not miss the RISD museum. General Admission is affordable, but if you are on a budget, don't let that stop you! Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm). My favorite room of this museum is the Great Hall and the Buddha Room. They have a rotating... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I live on college hill, so like taking trips down here and it's free for Brown Students. Good mixture of contemporary and classic pieces with some big names like Van Gough and Monet. Good collection of world art except the African section is abysmal. The winning factor for me is they have a mummy in their Egyptian section, really is... More

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This may look small but it has a great collection and is much bigger than it looks. From contemporary treasures to egg tempera paintings of the middle ages, temporary exhibits and lots of events, don't miss this art museum if you are in Providence.

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