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John Brown House Museum

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Address: 52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-273-7507
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Tue - Fri 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The premier 18th-century house and museum in the state, presenting...

The premier 18th-century house and museum in the state, presenting important aspects of the social and cultural history of the period when our country was new. The Museum is maintained by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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A beautiful house with an interesting history

We took a guided tour of this historic house. Beverly, our guide, was charming, professional and knowledgeable, and really brought the history of the house to life. Originally... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2015
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Rochester, Michigan
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The docents are friendly and knowledgeable, but this house is no different than any other famous person's house. Unless you are truly interested in John Brown I would skip this.

1 Thank janet s
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We took a guided tour of this historic house. Beverly, our guide, was charming, professional and knowledgeable, and really brought the history of the house to life. Originally built by businessman and entrepreneur John Brown in the late 18th Century, the house was modernised by Marsden Perry in the early 20th Century, when plumbing and electrical services were installed. The... More 

Thank 190Daniel
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115 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This place we discovered by chance but the staff were helpful and knowledgeable and made us feel most welcome even if they were supposed to be closing. We returned the next day for a special visit by George Washington and it was a brilliant experience. Well worth visiting.

Thank Britainabroad
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144 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

3 floors of treasures. The tour guide (Cathy?) was knowledgeable and very personable. The cabinets in the butler's pantry - BEAUTIFUL!

Thank ms90
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and took her time with our small group. I was amazed at how much original furniture was in the home and pleased that I was allowed to take photos. If you have time, take a stroll down Benefit street to add to this historical experience.

Thank Lori S
Greendale, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Interesting history about John Brown and his house. He was all about showing off his wealth and smoozing. When George Washington was in town, he made sure that he came to his house and then used his carriage to transport him to a dedication of one of ships (that he usually tried to name after Washington). Brown was slave trading... More 

1 Thank GottagetoutofWisc
New York, New York, United States
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264 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We opted for the guided tour of the John Brown House Museum after we had completed the Benefit Mile walking tour as well found the docents and staff at John Brown so pleasant and knowledgeable when we arrived to do the Benefit Mile tour. The docent spent the time to introduce us to the John Brown the individual (merchant, salve... More 

Thank eminker
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The John Brown House was the first mansion built in Providence, Rhode Island and is located at 52 Power Street on College Hill (bordering the campus of Brown University). The house is named after the original owner and one of the early benefactors of the University, the early American merchant, statesman and slave trader, John Brown (declared a National Historic... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Being from England I am always interested in old houses. Particularly those that still have the original furnishings in them. We weren't able to take the guided tour as we were too late but they offer audio tours which was very good and gave you all the information you needed to enjoy the house. The Brown family were famous slave... More 

Thank Sara C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Was able to get deal through Groupon. Nice museum that is "doable" within 30 minutes through the self-tour and iPod. Staff was friendly, informative and accommodating. Would recommend!

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