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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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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's a medium sized museum nestled into Providence. They have many exhibits and I found my way around the museum perfectly fine. Parking is a little hard to find. Free for students from sixth grade-college and free for everyone on Sundays.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This museum is much larger and more comprehensive than it initially appears. Many of the real treasures are on on the upper floors -- keep climbing until you find them! Picasso, Matisse, lots of impressionists....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The risd museum is amazing in its extensive exhibitions, the breadth and scope of the media, era/periods surveyed, the quality of the setting, and the breath taking impressiveness of the experience there. If in providence, it's a must see.

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New Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum looks small but you can wander for hours with 1 room opening on to the next. From furniture to fashion, photography to paintings there is something for everyone.

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Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My friend and I routinely visit museums as we travel - and as a result I have seen many collections all around the world. If you are looking for a "specialty" museum, I am sure there are better. But I consider the School of Design as the best I have seen because of the breadth of areas covered (art, archeology,... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've spent a decade in Rhode Island and never gone to the RISD Museum because I always assumed it was small and catered to modern and avant-garde tastes. So I was pleasantly surprised to finally go there and find I was wrong on both counts. The museum is reminiscent of the Peabody Museum in Salem MA in that it is... More

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Matawan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This review is courtesy of my 21 year old that attends PSU. The museum caters to students offering a generous discount if you have ID. The museum is lovely with amazing pieces of art, sculpture, weavings, etc. luckily we went on a day they were having their annual sidewalk sale. I wish I had more room in my suitcase for... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stumbled across this wonderful site by accident and went in not knowing what to expect. It was a fantastic place and well worth the visit. The student art was of high calibre and I did not expect to see such a diverse array of work. I would highly recommend travellers to take the time and visit this quaint museum... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a great , uncluttered museum in little ol' Providence. The variety within the museum is impressive and I love the student art exhibits.

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Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was not prepared for the excellence of this museum. I had heard about it but the comments did not do justice to it. Every aspect of the museum was excellent. I did not expect the quality and range of the art in a small city. The displays were very well done and user friendly. A most unusual aspect was... More

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