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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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Interesting historical house

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
46 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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109 helpful votes 109 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
34 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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55 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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 

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Additional Information about John Brown House Museum

Address: Address: 52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-273-7507
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
Open Hours:
Tuesday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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