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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
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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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

liked the big room of paintings. different periods & media & styles in a nice-sized museum. 50 characters.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Finding a museum of this caliber in Providence blew me away. I expected to spend about an hour there, spent about three, and could have easily spent the rest of the day. I thought the museum is in one building. Rather, it consists of several connected buildings that take up a city block. Not only does the museum house over... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

As you walk, you can feel how friendly the people of Providence are, there's a lot to see at he museum, como a see, we love you here!!!!!

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My 4 year old and I went to the RISD Museum for the first time this week for their Tours for Tots program. The program is held on select Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the school year for 3-5 year olds. They read a story, explained the rules of the museum (mainly no touching and strategies for kids that age to... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The RISD museum is free for everyone on Sundays. It is also usually free on the evening of the third Thursday. If you are lucky you will be there for a gallery opening or a design the night special event. These usually include snack and activities for children and adults. The RISD museum is the seat of the Children's film... More

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Upstate NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited the museum with two kids and found it thoroughly entertaining. The collection was refreshingly eclectic -- everything from Rothko and O'Keeffe to Monet, Sargent, and a fantastic exhibition of Egyptian artifacts -- with seemingly opposite styles often paired in the same room. The honeycomb-like maze of rooms can be somewhat confusing but also adds to the charm of... More

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Was surprised to find so many works of the great masters of art. Lay out of the museum itself is a little confusing but it does cover several buildings that have been connected together. Enjoyed a leisurely walk from the hotel and around the museum.

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Lewes, Delaware
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great collection. Quite surprising. Take a few hours and have a stroll around. Good impressionists paintings, antiquities were extensive. Not a lot of context. Some tags could use updating.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

PC student exploring the city with family. Decided to pop in for a few hours before a dinner reservation and was blown away! So much more amazing than I expected!

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Ormond Beach, FL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I was under the impression that the RISD was just a nice little local museum, but it is much more! We were very impressed with the collections. Everything from Monet to Degas to an Eams chair...and everything in between. Even a mummy... Well worth a visit!

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