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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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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
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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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Wonderfully laid out with great works of art.

We went to the Museum on a warmish January day. The paintings are laid out very well with some work done by well known and not well known artists. Every aspect of what would you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island
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143 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Museum on a warmish January day. The paintings are laid out very well with some work done by well known and not well known artists. Every aspect of what would you see in a museum was there. The house attached gave two looks into history.

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must take exception to the assumption made that this museum is for the students at RISD! The RI Art Association began its crusade to establish the Museum long before RISD was established as a school- and for a museum this size, it manages to display an amazingly rich and varied cross section of creative works. The RISD Museum a... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is for the students at RISD, so it's got a wide selection but not a deep one. My favorite part was the small collection of Roman and Greek art. It's a nice place to go for an hour or two.

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new england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large collections in Egyptian, Greco-Roman,Persian sculptures. impressionists paintings, Andy Wharol, Photograhy, Modern, Abstract and Contempary collections. Middle of RISD and Brown University Campus on Benefit St. Providence RI 02906 Free admission on Sunday all day until 4 PM

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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

If you visit Providence, this museum is must see! It is not that big but has a few real art jems. It has a nice sample of all art forms and styles. Has a great new wing with modern art. Also Pendleton House is such a wonderful way of exibiting American Art. Definitely will visit it again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

What a jewel! I remember stumbling upon this museum few years back and being amazed how much work class art is represented here. Sunday admissions are free and there is always real fun project going on.

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We have lived not too far away for a great many years and only finally have made it to the RISDI Museum. We thought it was just a museum of students' works, but it is a first rate art museum with many classic artists' works. We absolutely loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Took a day trip from Boston to check out the collection. I was very impressed. The building is interesting with both modern and old sections. The art was varied with some beautiful pieces from a wide range of periods. It was free admission on Sunday. we were also treated to a Beethoven concert in the main hall of the museum.... More 

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rhode island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a very nice and varied collection. Especially interesting egyptian and oriental works,as well as early American furnishings and art. The huge carved wooden buddha shown in the picture is one of the most magical museum pieces! It fills an entire room. It is wonderful to just sit in the room with this statue and relax your body and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I was impressed/surprised to see how well curated this museum is and the extent of their collection. I assumed it would be mostly student work and was very happy to find many of my favorite 20th C. Museum collected artists. Interesting exhibits...

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