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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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Providence, Rhode Island
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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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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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Very interesting museum if you're interested in the food culture here in New England. Nothing very demanding to learn here, but it was entertaining and a good time.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My son attends Johnson & Wales as a culinary student - I've been to the museum on several occasions & each time, I find something new that I didn't see before. If you're a foodie, this is one for your Bucket List!

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Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is an excellent museum, tracing the art of cooking back to ancient times while focusing on the last century of American cuisine. The detailed displays on diners are amongst the finest, but from county fairs to drive ins, we learn what makes up the essence of American cooking culture. Arrangements are eye-catching and descriptions just the right length to... More

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

This is a fun museum in that it's not like any other museum. Everything is about the culinary arts - from the displays of historical cooking instruments to the display on the diner. It's quirky, in a very charming way. It's fun to say "Hey, I have that cookbook" or "I remember that appliance." It does seem a little disjointed... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This place is the Smithsonian for the history of cuisine in America. The museum has a detailed history of the diner as well as histories of hotel and transportation dining. It is fun museum for anyone who loves watching the Cooking or Food Network channels.

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