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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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los angeles
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Close to Brown University where I was taking a writing seminar and I just happened to walk past. Interesting gallery and new works of arts on display from students.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Spend as much time as you can here to see the collection of many different kinds of art. A lot of creative stuffs made by students in the shop to buy.

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Oxford
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153 reviews 153 reviews
43 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This wonderful art museum (opened in 1878) is worth going a long way to visit, The buildings comprise an original 19th century building and two modern extensions that fit seamlessly to make the whole. The collection is vast and obviously not all pieces can be shown at once. It ranges from the ancient world (Egypt, Africa, Asia, Greece and Rome)... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Incredibly deep collection. Only downsides are it closes early (5PM) and the flow and wayfinding could use some work.

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