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Lippitt House Museum

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Address: 199 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906-2136
Phone Number:
+1 401-453-0688
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Hours:
Fri 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A National Historic Landmark, Lippitt House has one of the best preserved...

A National Historic Landmark, Lippitt House has one of the best preserved Victorian interiors in America featuring elaborate painted finishes, ornate woodwork, and original furnishings. A 45-minute guided tour highlights the museum’s art and architecture and lets visitors step into Providence's Golden Age through stories of the Lippitt family and the domestic servants who lived and worked there. Built for textile magnate and Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt, the house was lived in by four generations of the Lippitt family until it was donated to Preserve Rhode Island in 1981.

Guided tours of the Museum are offered May through December:

Fridays at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm

3rd Saturdays at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

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Amazing handiwork

If you are a lover historical architecture, do not mess checking out this mansion. The inlaid floors, hand painted walls and carved woodwork are masterful. To me this was more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 27, 2016
Ellie B
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

If you are a lover historical architecture, do not mess checking out this mansion. The inlaid floors, hand painted walls and carved woodwork are masterful. To me this was more interesting than the actual history of the house.

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Morgan D, Public Relations Manager at Lippitt House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, Ellie! We are delighted to share the amazing craftsmanship of the house with the public and are fortunate it was so well cared for by the Lippitt family. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

If you love history, you will love the Governor Henry Lippitt House. It does not feel like a museum, but an actual visit to the past. Over the course of the tour we became acquainted with the customs of the time (some of which were surprising and unexpected), the Lippitt family, and their staff. I am a Rhode Island resident... More 

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Morgan D, Public Relations Manager at Lippitt House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words! I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and plan to come back. We have a variety of programs throughout the year, so there are many chances to visit! More 

bostonwake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

The Lippett House site says you may contact them for a tour if you cannot make their normal tours. My wife and I are very happy we did. The staff scheduled us for a tour at 1:00 on a Friday;normally the tours are from 3:00 on. The docent gave an excellent tour, answering our many questions. In fact we ran... More 

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Morgan D, Public Relations Manager at Lippitt House Museum, responded to this review

I am so glad you were able to schedule a tour that fit your schedule. We try to accommodate visitors for individual tours whenever we can, so they can explore the house. Our docents love sharing a slice of Rhode Island history with visitors! More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

My husband and I were married here in a small gathering. Beautiful location and the staff were wonderful to work with.

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New Providence Island
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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.

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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