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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Neighborhood: College Hill
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Address: 224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-454-6500
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: 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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A great museum to take a family with an introduction to many ranges of art.

The museum offers a great introduction for kids to the world of art museums while offering adults an opportunity to see many pieces in a compact setting. The museum offered the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The museum offers a great introduction for kids to the world of art museums while offering adults an opportunity to see many pieces in a compact setting. The museum offered the opportunity to see Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, European masters, American and many contemporary pieces. The wide range with manageable size and scope was a nice introduction for kids. I... More 

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A great visit of mostly contemporary art. Well presented. It about a 2 hour visit. Provocative and stimulating this a jewel in the crown of Providence and can easily be combined with a visit to Brown University. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This Museum offers a wide range of Art works. The American decorative Arts,Asian Art and European paintings are some of the highlights. Only drawback is the quirky layout of the galleries as the Museums straddles several buildings.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The RISD Museum is a great place to go to see a bit of art, ruminate over old and new items and get a touch of Rhode Island history as well. It has a lot of variety for a small museum and its well thought out enough that you can experience the variety with every turn you make walking through.... More 

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Altadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and i had a couple of hours to kill in Providence and decided to give this little museum a try: WOW. For such a small place they pack it all in. To really enjoy it all make sure to give yourself at least three hours.

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very glad that I visited. Diverse collection. The Etruscan collection and the textiles were wonderful.

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London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We really enjoyed the RISD Museum - huge variety of art, sculpture, etc and from many periods and cultures. Everything from a huge stone Buddha, to Egyptian mummies to Impressionist paintings - something for everyone......and, much to our delight, no charge on a Sunday.

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Westport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Wonderful small and manageable museum packed into six floors. Was amazed at the diversity of the collection and impeccable condition of the building. Lady in the gift shop was most helpful. Truly enjoyed the visit.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A wonderful small museum close to the city center and Brown University. A somewhat odd collection of two or three buildings that makes getting around confusing. Special exhibits have been wonderful showing the connections of both Providence and RISD to the art and pop world. Of note were the Chilully glass exhibit when the new wing was opened and the... More 

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Nyack, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We have visited this museum several times and have always found something new and delightful each time. Our recent visit with a friend enabled us to see the Museum through her experience. The wonderful variety of artistic expression as well as the masterful combination of a stately mansion with a sensitive addition will keep the visitor coing back time and... More 

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