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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 70 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We caught free admission on the weekend. It is a LARGE and diverse collection from Egyptian antiquities through modern textiles. The Pemberton House which is part of the museum gives a great view of the wealthy at the beginning of our country. We spent about 2 hours and it deserves more time.

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Victoria, Canada
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272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I expected small and local. It is excellent. I spent 4 hours and could have stayed much longer. there are Picasso's alongside a Twombly, Rothko, and more! It's simply a great treasure for art lovers. It's well priced and the gift shop is good too. Across the street is the RISD shop for art supplies which is good too. The... More

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Sydney, Australia
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298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Over six floors stuffed with artefacts from the past, this is a great way to spend the day and get some culture. Just walking down Benefit Street was a lesson in RI history then you walk through the doors and the rest of the world opens up. A definite RI must-do.

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Sheffield UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A real hidden gem. free on Sundays and well worth the visit. Nicely laid out and full of well chosen exhibits..We didn't see it all and might go back next week.

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los angeles
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12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We enjoyed the museum which has a really eclectic collection--better than many bigger museums. I particularly enjoyed the ancient Egyptian artifacts, the Budda and the Impressionists.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

love this museum. love all of their collections from ancient to contemporary! Free Admission for two when using Bank of America credit card.

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Fresno, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This museum is a wonderful collection of modern design and visual art as well as the caretaker of a completely recreated turn of the century home. If you like modern art, interior design, and antiques, this is the place for you. Just small enough to make it all the way through in a few hours with nice surprises around each... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is not a museum of "modern art" or so but is rather a museum of a school. Thus the collection includes wide variety of art from ancient to contemporary, from Japan to Africa. You can really see how the things are purposely and delicately organized and displayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Don't miss this outstanding collection. It has something for everyone from every period, though I am fond of the American furniture collection some people would go out of the way for the contemporary art. Check out the museum store on the street just below.

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New Jersey
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24 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

I'm conflicted with writing this review. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this museum, but feel this place is greatly overrated after having been to some of the great museums in the world which have been worthy of 5 stars. The collection is great and varied, so there's something for everybody. I found the really interesting works worth taking a... More

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