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Address: Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI 02905
Phone Number: 401 598 2805
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A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence...

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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Unique and worth a visit

There aren't too many museums dedicated to the culinary arts, and this is a good one. It has thoughtful displays -- I've seen ones on topics such as diners, fruit crate art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Barrington, Rhode Island
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Barrington, Rhode Island
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There aren't too many museums dedicated to the culinary arts, and this is a good one. It has thoughtful displays -- I've seen ones on topics such as diners, fruit crate art, ovens, and so on. They have lots of fascinating historical food-related artifacts. Check it out.

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Auburn, NH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to stop because a) We like food and b) We had some time to kill before check-in at our hotel. Admission is inexpensive. We weren't sure what to expect, despite the glowing reviews. The reviews were accurate. This is a smallish museum, but there's a lot of great stuff there. We were there for over an hour, and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Was on a college visit with my son to the JWU culinary school and had some time to kill so we visited the campus museum. While i would not have gone out of my way to visit, it was educational and fun browsing the culinary artifacts. The museum is small but the displays are very well done. If you like... More 

Thank EaglesFan11
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you are into food and cooking this is a great place to visit. You can see everything from the evolution of the Kitchenaid to an old time rail car diner. There are several interactive exhibits including an opportunity to leave your mark on a chef jacket. I had a blast but I'm really into cooking.

Thank Q_Babb
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stopped here on a road trip from Toronto to Boston and had a great time! $7 per adult and free parking on campus. A fun look at American culinary history including local spots, travel cuisine and diners.

Thank munchkinkaty
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

a great place if you like to learn about the history of places to eat,items cooks used way back then and now and how diners evolved this is a neat place to visit. I always look back and see the old Triangle diner that I ate at every Sat.Morning when I was six years old which was 68 years ago... More 

Thank Barry N
Swansea, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Visited this museum with a friend and we really enjoyed ourselves. The history of diners was fun to see and the amount of diner memorabilia they have is amazing. They also have a room that we almost missed with food preparation antiquities that was very impressive. We left hungry and followed their advice and ate at a local restaurant .

Thank PAG377
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Really fun and interactive museum.. Lots of different things to see and learn about. Great family outing.

Thank Rachel L
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

A good way to spend an hour or so viewing artifacts and reading about the world of cooking. I enjoyed seeing the old appliances and reading about food preparation through the ages. Kids would probably like this venue as it's not too large and there are areas where they can play. The museum is a short distance from the downtown... More 

Thank ms90
Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

And if you don't cook, it means that you eat out. Which brings you to the heart of the exhibit, the diner. It visually pops. Make sure to see the sign by the kids play area which translates diner slang into English. Easily missed but neat. The diner display is amazing, but so are the other areas, including the "camping... More 

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