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John Brown House Museum

Address: 52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-273-7507
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Ranked #25 of 63 Attractions in Providence
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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

Howell, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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354 reviews 354 reviews
40 attraction reviews
516 helpful votes 516 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 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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