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Culinary Arts Museum

Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI 02905
401 598 2805
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Ranked #14 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Owner description: A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI will excite your senses and pique your appetite for art and artifacts about food... more » Owner description: A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI will excite your senses and pique your appetite for art and artifacts about food service and cookery. The Culinary Arts Museum is truly one of the premiere institutions dedicated to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. « less
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

First culinary museum I have ever visited. The site reviewed the trends in eating/dining for the past century. Fee is minimal. Good entertainment for an hour. See the videos in the old diner!

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Boardman, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

After reading other reviews of the museum, we planned a stop during our driving tour of New England. The museum is situated on a university campus, but was easy to find and had ample parking. There was a small entrance fee. The exhibits were well done and we were very happy that we stopped. I would recommend visiting if you... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This museum is a must see for foodies and nostalgic cooks as well as everyone else! I still remember thinking however did my Grandmother cook such delicious and complete holiday dinners on a stove that today looks even less utile than an easy-bake oven! Enjoy!

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Really interesting place. Small yet comprehensive. It makes you appreciate the strides cooking profession achieved. The whole family enjoyed it despite having not so bright history with museums visits. They have students discounts which made it quite affordable. Highly recommended.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I have a particular interest in all things food related so this was a great little museum for me to visit. It's very well laid out with some very good exhibits and interesting artefacts.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you're a foodie like me and like to look at food related things from a restored early soda fountain to antique kitchen appliances, this is the place for you. The museum also has a superb library of cookbooks and other books related to the culinary arts.

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East Walpole
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Several displays of diners in America, old cooking and food processing equipment, information on French brigade style kitchens and a whole lot more, it is definitely worth the couple of hours it will take to go through the entire place. If you like food, history and the Food Network or cooking shows, this is a must see place.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We love this museum, but unfortunately it is closed for renovation and will not reopen until some time in 2014. I hope they put in a cafe. After watching the movie of the international bread competition, we always leave there craving a crunchy baguette.

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I don’t think there is another one in this country. I’m not a fully trained chef but I took many cooking classes in my last two years of med school. So this was a very fascinating experience. Also, the university library boasts a collection of every cookbook and menu ever printed.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Permanent and special exhibits that focus on lots of food and cooking related topics, including diners, celebrity chefs, county fairs, and travelling. Appealing to people of all ages. Definitely worth a visit.

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