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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 69 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Hours:
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Ellicott City, Maryland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Beautiful setting in an interesting building in a fascinating city! how charming is Providence! The art in the museum is widely varied, open and invitingly displayed-and the Chihuly chandelier over one staircase takes your breath away! swirly, curly sinuous blown glass suspended over a wide stairway- I had forgotten he was not only a student there but taught there as... More 

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MA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Many works hung too high, too close together or poorly displayed. Some paintings or pieces have no identification.

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East Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

In the past I've visited for specific offerings. For example the Chilloui glass expedition was mind blowing. The Egyptian section always is a favorite. As is the fashion and photography exhibits. Parking can be difficult. Make reservations when going with a group

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My wife and I had only a few hours available in Providence before heading to Newport, RI. Wow, are we happy we spent those hours at the RISD! We completely disagree with some of the negative reviews: this is a fascinating, high caliber museum with a most fascinating variety of collections. Yes, the floor plan is confusing and the map... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I visiting the RISD museum last Sunday, and was extremely pleased with the experience. Every Sunday, admission to the museum is free. This is large savings, as a regular pass is around $12. The have one area with two floors, and other section with three. They have exhibits ranging from modern, Asian, Egyptian, as well as 18th and 19th century... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Elegant museum full of interesting stuff. Like being in New York. Great collections and layout. Highly recommended.

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Milan
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I expected more in the contemporary art and what they did have was not great museum quality. With all the money from wealthy families sending their children to the school and alumni, one would expect a bit more for a museum. There is a great furniture and porcelain section and clothing.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is always a wonderful experience and one that we always make time for when visiting Providence. It is a true gem!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were amazed how huge this is. Lots of adjacent buildings filled with art and artifacts. Wonderful.

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Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a small and wonderful museum……….perfect for children, they will not get overwhelmed by too much to see. Also it's free on Sunday's,

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