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Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

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Address: 199 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02904
Phone Number: (401) 453-0688
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Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years, Lippitt House...

Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years, Lippitt House is a three story, Renaissance Revival villa with Italian palazzo elements. Embellished with elaborate faux finishes, colorful stained glass windows, ornate woodwork details, and surviving original furnishings, the house is also significant for its pioneering mechanical systems. These features combine to create a time capsule of Victorian design worthy of preserving and sharing with the Providence community and beyond. In this spirit, the public programs offered by the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum provide opportunities for the study of Victorian life and put the house and its occupants in a historical perspective to facilitate greater understanding of today's Providence.

Planning your visit: Seasonal Tours are offered May - October (no reservations required) on Fridays at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Guided tours may be scheduled, in advance, year round. Please visit our web-site for the latest information on guided tours and programs.

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Terrific museum!

Loved this place! No ropes that you have to stand behind - you're allowed to walk everywhere in each room. Great docent who obviously loves history and her job. Fascinating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Schenectady, New York
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New Providence Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Lovely historic home, within walking distance of downtown Providence and Brown University. Many engaging programs to entice local and remote visitors. Especially beautiful during the December holidays.

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Loved this place! No ropes that you have to stand behind - you're allowed to walk everywhere in each room. Great docent who obviously loves history and her job. Fascinating information about the family and absolutely beautiful rooms.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The Lippitt House Museum was a great added treat to our trip to Providence. The gentleman who gave us our tour was very informative and made the visit more than worth while.

Thank Patricia P
North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Visiting the house was like taking a trip to a glorious time. The Victorian house still shines and through the guided visit, it is so easy to find yourself in that time, sharing the life of the LIppitt family. As impressive as the house itself was our guide Dave. He opened the house especially for us as we were not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The house is beautiful and the tour lasts just under an hour - but honestly, our guide is what made the story so interesting. Rather than just give us historic details about the house, she tied in the family history and made it seem real

Thank Ellen V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

What a rare treat to experience a Victorian in such magnificent original condition. Thoroughly enjoyed the informative tour to learn family history and see amazing Victorian craftsmanship at its best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We had tried to view this home in the past, but were stymied by the restrictive hours of touring. On this visit to Providence, we were lucky to be there during the day on a Friday, called a head to confirm tours and found our way to the Brown University area where the house is located. It's definitely worth the... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My family and I went to see Karen K and the Jitterbugs, the last concert of the 2014 Hunter Music Series. This free concert was wonderful! The concert was held in the yard of the Lippit House. The yard is beautiful and well maintained, a wonderful place to sit on a blanket and listen to music. From what we saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It's amazing to see the luxury the Lippitts lived in so long ago. This museum really shows you what the rooms were truly like. The museum is breathtaking as are the nicely-manicured grounds. Knowledgeable staff assist nicely in answering questions or helping to plan a special event. We had our wedding here years ago and it was spectacular. Perfect venue.

1 Thank Rebecca M
Yonkers, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Just visited Gov. Lippitt House Museum and it was great! We got our own private tour with Dave, who was extremely informative. It was a beautiful Victorian home in the historical district of Providence.

Thank Elyse1013

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