John Brown House Museum

John Brown House Museum, Providence: Hours, Address, John Brown House Museum Reviews: 4/5

John Brown House Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The premier 18th-century historic house and museum in the state, presenting important aspects of the social and cultural history of the period when our country was new. The Museum is maintained by the Rhode Island Historical Society. We are currently in our seasonal hours and only open on Saturdays from December 2019 until April 2020. Guided Tours may be at 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, & 3:00 pm on Saturdays but are subject to volunteer availability. Audio and Self Guided Tours are available from 10:00 until 3:15 PM. Last admission into the museum is at 3:30 pm. We have a free parking lot located off of Charlesfield Street. We hope to see you soon!
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Neighborhood: College Hill

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Grace Fu
Winchester, MA587 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
It is free today! And they offer free maps and newspapers. There are three floors in the building, all of them are big and clean.
Written November 26, 2021
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Jacqui F
London, United Kingdom190 contributions
Sep 2019
The Benefit Street tour starts from the John Brown Museum. You have to book advance and it is a great way to find your way around the historic sites of Providence. Geographically, the tour covers a distance from about the middle of Benefit Street down to the northern end of the street; and historically it roams from the earliest settlers right up to the modern day. The history of Brown University, and the mega rich Brown family who set it up, are inevitably a big part of the story. The family patriarch John Brown features prominently and our guide didn’t shy away from Brown’s less than proud history of slave ownership. There’s also a visit to the Providence Athanaeum, site of some Edgar Allan Poe scandal, and a tour of the First Baptist Church of America, which looks exactly as you would hope a New England church to look. The tour does take a very long time and our teenager was getting a bit fed up at the end, but it was interesting and we learned a lot.
Written February 16, 2020
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL722 contributions
Nov 2019
Recently,I visited the John Brown House.My visit was a fruitful experience.The guide at this house museum was very well-versed in Rhode Island History.I learned about the life of John Brown,a very prominent figure in the history and growth of Providence.I saw the house's shadow rail staircases.I saw some nice American paintings by Robert Feke,Alvan Fisher("View of Providence From The Cove")and Henry Kinney("Moses Brown").
Written November 22, 2019
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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT2,668 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
If you are in Providence this is a must see if you want to get an understanding of local history and the movers and shakers during colonial times and the early years of the republic. The Brown family has obvious ties to Brown University. A tour of the Historic home will last about 1-2 hours; it makes sense to take the guided tour to get a better appreciation for the home and history of the Brown family. One of the interesting things which the tour guides do not shy away from is the fact that the Brown family did have ties to the Atlantic Slave Trade. They cover the complexities of this very controversial time in history. If in Providence I really believe this should be a stop you make. Well worth the price of admission.
Written October 31, 2019
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Mr. Roderick
42 contributions
Oct 2019
I was in Providence on a business trip and only had a few hours of spare time. I chose to visit this gorgeous historical house and made my stay worthwhile. You can listen to an audio, read a brochure or have a guide walk you through the details of this magnificent house. George Washington supposedly stayed there and gave it a five-star rating. The best thin is that it only cost me $10.
Written October 18, 2019
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Randall G
Italy, TX67 contributions
Oct 2019
This house has a lot of history, If you have about an hour take the audio tour
moderately priced and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable
Written October 10, 2019
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Nessim L
Armonk, NY67 contributions
Sep 2019
Very well preserved house which dates back to the late eighteenth century. There is a lot to see and much of it is original to the 1780's.
Learned about Rhode Island's involvement in the slave trade in Colonial times which is often forgotten.
Written September 7, 2019
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John R
New Jersey9 contributions
Oct 2018
John Brown became the wealthiest many in Rhode Island by shipping slaves from Africa to first the colonies and then the United States. He continued even after the African slave trade was outlawed. His house and the guide provides a real insight into an unusual and rather evil part of early US history.
Written August 27, 2019
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Mike G
Providence, RI4,823 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in colonial history this is a must see. One of the great houses of the period. With excellent guided tours but there is also a self guided version. Ask about the 9 Shell Desk in the office at the front - a unique piece of furniture. The information on John Brown s involvement in the slave trade was most interesting. Also the origination site for the Historical Society walks . We did a 2 mile , hour and 45 minute walk on the Providence native horror writer HP Lovecraft that was absolutely excellent And they have others.
Written August 17, 2019
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Rosie S
Fort Wayne, IN103 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a good historical site. The docent was very well informed and did an excellent job of presenting the information. The place is dimly lit. There a few original pieces, but mostly well done reproductions. Only downside was that our group followed another closely and the voice of the guide of the other group was distracting.
Written June 19, 2019
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