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Culinary Arts Museum

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Address: Johnson and Wales University, 315 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI 02905
Phone Number: 401 598 2805

A visit to the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI...

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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We visited on a Saturday and were surprised that such an interesting museum had so few visitors. It included some great exhibits about diners, the history of catering, sugar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stormville, New York
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Stormville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited on a Saturday and were surprised that such an interesting museum had so few visitors. It included some great exhibits about diners, the history of catering, sugar craft, dining at the White House and food packaging to name but a few. The diner exhibit in particular was comprehensive and entertaining. I hope the museum is able to expand... More 

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Cincinnati, oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum has a good representative collection of food, food preparation and commercial food service. There is an emphasis on regional New England restaurants, but the section on diners is very extensive and covers a wider area. There is an old diner in the museum that you can go into. A visit of 90 minutes would give you ample time... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great survey of food culture from ancient times to modern, with a big focus on food on the go (train and airplane, mostly) and about half the space devoted to Diners (which it claims were invented in Providence). If you like those two areas, like me, you'll be happy. There is also a a great selection of classic cooking equipment.... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to spend about 60-90 minutes. Very interesting facts and displays - really well-done.

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Post Falls ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We had seen something about this museum on a television show years ago and I said then if we ever make it to Providence... Well we finally made it here and this was the 1st thing we sent to. If you like food in anyway you will enjoy this museum. They have done a great job with their displays and... More 

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Shady Grove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This museum was phenomenal. Very attractive, friendly, and of interest to all age levels. The history of many aspects of culinary arts, from the diner to the stand mixer to corn flakes.

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

So many sections, hard to know where to look next. This place really is worth a visit from any self-respecting foodie. Spoiler alert- Japan won the bread contest that year.

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I had seen the museum's 'Project Cupcake' events advertised for both kids and adults. I asked museum management if I could host my own after hours and they willingly agreed and were very accommodating. Myself and twenty other ladies had a fabulous time decorating cupcakes, eating snacks, sipping drinks, and touring the museum. The event was hosted by J&W students... More 

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Quiet Corner, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

What a total treat it was to visit this museum. I had no idea it existed, and I am so glad we went. There were may fun things to see, like the reconstructed diners, and incredible cake displays. I especially loved the historical pieces-- old refrigerators, a display kitchen from the early 1900s and references to the "Healthy Baby" contests... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Providence RI is the largest and first campus of Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts . The museum is well done with portions dedicated to history and evolutions of food and feeding the population. It is very Rhode Island centric but has enough to offer anyone who has an interest in history. It is inexpensive and easy to navigate. Not of... More 

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