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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Neighborhood: College Hill
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Address: 224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-454-6500
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: 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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Centuries of top-notch art in a compact package

As a card-carrying Chicago Art Institute member, I have high expectations for art museums. What I love about the RISD museum is that you are exposed to many periods of great art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Chicago, United States
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

As a card-carrying Chicago Art Institute member, I have high expectations for art museums. What I love about the RISD museum is that you are exposed to many periods of great art in a short period of time. The museum is organized and curated really well so you can experience works from great artists from ancient (check out the immense... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Great museum with a wide variety of art: antiquities, ancient European and Middle Eastern artifacts, a section which was an old manor house decorated with furniture from the time period, paintings and other media pieces from older to current.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite museums! Funky and always interesting. RISD is always willing to take risks. Nice little shop too. It's near everything else, so I suggest a stop by.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This museum has a wide range of pieces, including some great Egyptian and Greek/Roman artifacts, and lovely Impressionist paintings. The museum building is comprised of several old houses, so the building has some nice architecture. Really worth a visit and plan to spend an hour or two. The only downside is that parking is hard to find, so we drove... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I only spent about 1 1/2 hours here as I had a lot on my list to see! This could have easily been an entire day. There is something for everyone: Impressionist, Renaissance, Modern, Textile, Furniture, Egyptian, Chinese, Etc. There is a beautiful Chilhuly ( same guy who did the ceilings of the Bellagio in Vegas ) chandelier my the... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Well worth a visit with lots of different types of art and objects to see and learn about. Spacious and never crowded.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

What a beautiful and diverse museum. I especially appreciated the elegance of design that was so in evidence. The modernity of many sections was a brilliant contrast to the neighborhood which you could glimpse at intervals. Wear comfy shoes, your will want to see it all!

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Blue Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

I was excited by many works of historic proportions, reminiscent of ancient Roman Empire to Newport historic cabinetry. Works of Abstract, realism and historic proportions. I was overwhelmed and impressed. Daily pass allows visitors to come and go during one admission day. Very smart considering how the genres interlude with every step, like taking breath, you have to step away... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great museum! A diverse collection of pieces from various ages. More than just art, many cool artifacts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

What a surprise this was! This little museum has EVERYTHING! From Degas ballerina to some pretty amazing designer collections. Not to mention Frank Loyd Wright's desk! I cannot get enough of this place. And it's free on Sindays. Open late on Thursdays.

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Additional Information about Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Address: 224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-454-6500
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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