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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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Great little museum. We spent a wonderful few hours in this museum and learned a lot about the history of food service in the USA.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has a nice collection of old items related to food. Appliances, diner cars, boxes, cans, etc. there is a lot of labels on things but I didn't find it well organized. I think the students could take on a renovation project to group things in logical orders rather than so haphazardly. Also add better signage instead of just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little museum. We spent a wonderful few hours in this museum and learned a lot about the history of food service in the USA.

Thank Vincent P
Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We often try specialty museums and this one is well done. There is an extensive display on diners, their history, evolution, and fabrication. I found it very interesting. Other areas covered cooking appliances, food business-advertising-trademarks, famous chefs, food, and food prep. All well done and interesting. Johnson and Wales is a well known culinary school so this location makes sense... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My daughter and I spent an enjoyable few hours here and highly recommend it. The Museum is located on the Johnson and Wales campus. It is easy to get to and there is plenty of parking. There are exhibits on cooking in Ancient China and the Mediterranean, food service on planes and trains, food items at state fairs, the "branding"... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

We looked forward to visiting but had a lot of trouble and did make it but not for not trying. I checked the web site to make sure hours and that it was not closed for vacation. I went to the address listed and the Johnson and Wales gate was closed! It said to to the other gate which took... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

This was free with military ID. This was more focused on cooking then I would like, I had hoped for something more food based. It had a lot of cooking implements and stoves. It was a very quiet museum and had an open layout. As it was on university campus, it was more focused on the classwork done at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

Stuck out of the way, this is an interesting museum for those who like history of food, restaurants, pubs, and kitchen appliance

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

We had time to spare before picking up family at the airport so we visited this museum. It was fun. they have lots of old appliances, cookbooks and displays. There is an entire diner inside. Cool. There is a section on famous chefs, wedding cakes and state fairs. Interesting. Off the beaten path.

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Middletown, NY, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

While it was a nice place, there was no real flow to the museum. No guide or even a map not that it's that big. Only one old stove there that I haven't seen before and then there was no information on it. I don't think you should drive out of your way to see it but if you're there... More 

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Stormville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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