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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Address: 224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903 (College Hill)
Phone Number: 401-454-6500
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Ranked #1 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Hours:
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My wife and I had only a few hours available in Providence before heading to Newport, RI. Wow, are we happy we spent those hours at the RISD! We completely disagree with some of the negative reviews: this is a fascinating, high caliber museum with a most fascinating variety of collections. Yes, the floor plan is confusing and the map... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I visiting the RISD museum last Sunday, and was extremely pleased with the experience. Every Sunday, admission to the museum is free. This is large savings, as a regular pass is around $12. The have one area with two floors, and other section with three. They have exhibits ranging from modern, Asian, Egyptian, as well as 18th and 19th century... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Elegant museum full of interesting stuff. Like being in New York. Great collections and layout. Highly recommended.

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Milan
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I expected more in the contemporary art and what they did have was not great museum quality. With all the money from wealthy families sending their children to the school and alumni, one would expect a bit more for a museum. There is a great furniture and porcelain section and clothing.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is always a wonderful experience and one that we always make time for when visiting Providence. It is a true gem!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were amazed how huge this is. Lots of adjacent buildings filled with art and artifacts. Wonderful.

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Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a small and wonderful museum……….perfect for children, they will not get overwhelmed by too much to see. Also it's free on Sunday's,

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Surprisingly chock full of masterpieces and discoveries. Be sure to leave yourself enough time. It's deceptively small from the outside but once you get in you will want plenty of time. Minimal: afew hours. Ideal: half day

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Disliked : nothing special, over priced, no cafe or food stations just vending machine. exhibitions are not focusing on Design. I expected more on design exhibition than paintings

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've been to many of the great art museum in the world and I feel RISD is greatly overrated. The walls are packed, signage minimal. I had seen such great reviews but this place didn't impress me; definitely don't worth the visit.

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