Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating.
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Neighborhood: College Hill
How to get there
  • Providence Station • 7 min walk
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Joey V
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Business
I came in with my clients I had disabilities the front desk was very unpleasant. When I had asked for a separate transactions instead of one big lump sum it seemed to me that she,he was irritated. I'm also very displeased to find that there is no disability discount. Even though there are accessible ways of getting throughout the museum stairs, elevators, it fell as we were touring that there were no accommodations for this type of community. The museum is wonderful but I was very disappointed with some of the encounters while touring by staff with an exception of a few individuals.
Written February 9, 2023
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Kate R
Warwick, RI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We've visited many times and enjoy this museum. There are small exhibit spaces for the most part that have a wide variety of offerings. The space is used well and lends itself to meandering about. There are many famous artists from throughout art history represented it the collections along with contemporary artists and oftentimes RISD graduates, which is fantastic to see.
Written August 8, 2021
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SNM
Manila, Philippines361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I went to risd and was shocked at the size of this museum! So many hidden gems and beautiful art. Pro tip: the security there know so much about the art and furniture & design of the place, it’s worth chatting with them about it. They will tell you about the competition to design a museum bench, or how they acquired one of the pieces of Van Gogh. A perfect way to spend an afternoon in providence!
Written June 9, 2023
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rhiannao
Kenosha, WI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Great art museum, especially for a university. Lots of unique pieces. The layout was a little confusing and there were areas where we weren't sure if we missed a room or not, but I feel like that in a lot of art museums. I appreciate that they have free Sundays.
Written July 29, 2021
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jeffrey k
Needham, MA550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
the museum is a hodge-podge of buildings and can be difficult for people with disabilities to manage, but the elevators work and all the areas are accessible. this is a very significant collection, worth a deviation of a journey to see. very strong in American decorative arts, some fine impressionist paintings. much art from RISD alumni/ae.

nice museum store, but it is across the street and on the far side of the store -- the side on main st has the art supplies.
Written February 27, 2022
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John M
New York City, NY667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a world-class museum located in the heart of Providence. One of the most unique aspects about it is that there is a custom built house within the museum itself designed to showcase early American art and design. Highly recommended for art lovers and free on Sundays.
Written November 3, 2021
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Greg G
Portland, OR100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
I loved seeing the student art exhibits. But was wowed by the extent of the museum’s other collections. The Impressionist paintings were plentiful, well curated, and representing a deep cross-section of artists. The Egyptian and Asian collections were a favorite floor.

The guards and guides were so helpful and friendly. It was fun to see how proud they were of their museum.

Recommend this one.
Written November 14, 2021
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI930 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
For a museum associated with one of the most prestigious design schools, our visit to the RISD Museum was not what we expected. First it would be helpful if the signs for the main entrance (North Main Street) were more clearly marked. After parking in a surface lot a couple blocks away, we walked much further to get into the museum than was necessary. The printed map available at the front desk is somewhat helpful. There are three interconnected museum buildings with stairs leading to and from each floor. Logistically it can be difficult to see the whole museum without missing something. Going vertical to see both floors of the Pendleton House messed up the horizontal layout of the floors. That said, we did enjoy some of the galleries and the works within. But we were hoping to see far more works of iconic American design from designers like Michael Graves, Charles & Ray Eames, and George Nelson. Guess I should have done more research before our visit.
Written September 24, 2023
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Chittendenb
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Eclectic museum with a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass—you name it. We enjoyed the contemporary section the most, but there are paintings by familiar artists (Picasso, Monet, etc.) mixed in as well. Appetizer-sized portions of medieval and Renaissance Europe, 18th century America, ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and China. In some sections they mix the very old with the nearly new which was an enjoyable and different perspective. Manageable size is nice. Coffee shop is excellent. Great place to spend an afternoon when it’s too cold to be outdoors.
Written January 11, 2022
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Mmerola22
372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Wow! Absolutely amazing museum. The curators here are brilliant as the displays are quite eclectic and span many interests. I admit, I was shocked to see Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and other well-known artists up on the walls. While diverse, the museum is not overwhelming. You will not lose interest as you wander through.
Written March 17, 2022
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