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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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I love learning about the history of an old house c. 1786.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Greendale, Wisconsin
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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.

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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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 

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New York, New York, United States
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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 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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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 

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Orefield
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Schedule a guided walk from the John Brown House and learn about a great city and the people who were important to forming our country and Rhode Island. The walk starts at the John Brown House and offers a concise history of the city and the people while walking down Benefit Street on the east side of downtown Providence.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This museum is open for free on Gallery Night - the 3rd Thursday of the month. You can only visit the 1st floor, but they have docents in each room eager to tell you about the Browns, their house and the contents. Very informative!

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a good choice if you are interested in history and like seeing historical houses. The tour is interesting and it is fun to see how people lived back then and how the house changed over the years.

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I did not get to go inside as it was a Monday, but it looked really interesting and I think I would have enjoyed it. It is located near Brown U and also in a charming period neighborhood! just driving around there was worth the missed visit. I did not see that it was closed on Mondays so I thought... More 

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

Sorry to hear that you couldn't tour the inside of the John Brown House! It's as impressive inside as it is out! The museum keeps both summer and winter hours. From April 1 through November 30, we're open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1pm-4pm, and Saturdays, 10am-4pm. From December 1 through March 31, we're open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm. KTDub2014, I hope... More 

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