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John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
401-273-7507
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Ranked #32 of 70 attractions in Providence
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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204 reviews 204 reviews
55 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We did the audio tour which takes, if you want to listen to every detail about 1,5 hours I think. I skipped some parts because the information was too much detailed for my taste. The tour provides you an insight in the life off the Brown family who got very rich from trade and especially slave trade. I am somewhat... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We took a guided tour of the house with Anne. The entrance to the house is difficult to find but a group was exiting as we were arriving and they told us the entrance door was on the side toward the rear of the house. It is not visible from the front of the house or from the walkway. They... More

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RIHS, Manager at John Brown House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks, crisr506, for your feedback! I've brought your comment regarding signage to our new Director of Operations. We're working on having something more prominent in place very soon that will help future visitors find their way to our main entrance. Ann was delighted to hear that you enjoyed her tour of the house! I'm particularly happy that you had the... More

Avon, CT
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339 reviews 339 reviews
37 attraction reviews
501 helpful votes 501 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My wife and I took a tour of the John Brown House yesterday and found the tour informative and interesting. The house is located in the East Side of Providence, a wonderful area for walking and seeing Colonial and Georgian architecture. The house is owned by the Rhode Island Historical Society and is beautifully maintained. One must take the house... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Colonial mansion full of history. Very informative guide. Lots to see inside. Don't miss the 18th century maps on the wall. Well worth a visit.

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

So even after an hour long tour I still have no idea who John Brown is or what exactly his family did besides bring the slave trade to Rhode Island (nice one, buddy), but it is a beautiful house and I enjoyed touring it regardless. I got the Groupon price which was $10 for 2 people, I don't know how... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I've been to this place several times and each visit gets better and better. Lovely tour, nice property and exhibits, great staff.

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Burlington, Connecticut
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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Took noon toor on a Saturday in July. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The house has been well-maintained and the decor accurately reflects the period. Even the 20th century renovations, including early plumbing and refrigeration, were interesting.

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Keene, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The guides were happy to answer questions. I liked the diorama of the original house set up in the dining room.

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new york
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150 reviews 150 reviews
99 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The tour is quite interesting. There is something about this tour that gives you a unique perspective of the community, its people and political atmosphere at that time in Rhode Island. The house and ground is well preserved, should not miss it. Very limited street parking, there is a designated parking area as per website. AAA discount with buy 1... 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 August 14, 2012

Throughout July and into August (for 6 weeks on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm) head to to the John Brown House for the RI Historical Society Concerts on the Green. The venue is lovely: open air on the grass, which is gently sloped like an amphitheater. The music varies week to week and year to year -- American Band, Greg Abate,... More

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