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John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
401-273-7507
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Ranked #28 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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Howell, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Incredible architectural woodwork and carvings. Excellent tour takes about an hour plus (best AAA discount ever). Parking lot on side of house. Call ahead to check tour times or you can take self guided audio tour. I've been on many house tours of founding fathers and the like and this ranks up there as one of the best preserved and... More

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Mukilteo, Washington
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137 reviews 137 reviews
32 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We only had an hour, but it was well worth it. The house is amazingly opulent compared to other historical mansions of the same era (1780s) I have toured in the East, and the audio tour well organized to understand the culture and times of its era.

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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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206 reviews 206 reviews
55 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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341 reviews 341 reviews
37 attraction reviews
511 helpful votes 511 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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