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Address: Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI 02905
Phone Number: 401 598 2805
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Description: A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI will...
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.
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Anything to do with cooking you'll find here

A little treasure in Providence. It's a great couple of hours to see some historical items and return to a time when cooking was an art not a television show.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

A little treasure in Providence. It's a great couple of hours to see some historical items and return to a time when cooking was an art not a television show.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The museum has recently reopened after being renovated. We were pleasantly surprised by the extensive collection from diners to airplanes to taverns. The exhibits were informative and they had aspects for all ages with interactive displays for children. Took about an hour.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

After being shuttered for months, I looked forward to the renovated Museum with some anticipation. Though it was good--or good enough--before, I was expecting a major transformation. Yes, a few exhibits have been added, but nothing that would seem to have justified the long closure. The best exhibit was--and still is--the one that covers diners: design construction, menus and typical... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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376 reviews 376 reviews
193 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Culinary Arts Museum is a part of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. For anyone that is an aficionado of the culinary arts, this will definitely keep you entertained for about an hour. You'll get to see how restaurants have evolved over the years, as well as how kitchens have evolved, both at home and in restaurants. A... More 

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Miami, Florida
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343 reviews 343 reviews
84 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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