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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Ranked #1 of 117 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: 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.
Tampa, Florida
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Eclectic collection. Lots of square footage but minimal art and displays to capture my interest. I thought there would be displays of students work but there wasn't.

Visited June 2014
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“What a pleasant surprize”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

On the first floor the exhibits were by students; interesting but not anything special. We were pleasantly surprised and even enthralled with the remainder of the tour. Quite a variety of exhibits and interesting collections. We want to return and spend more time exploring this little treasure.

Visited June 2014
Thank jpatrickr
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Naples, Florida
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441 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
“Superb Museum”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

I agree with other reviewers that this museum is a hidden gem in Providence. It was our first visit here and we were in awe at the size of the museum and the wonderful collections it contains. The first floor contains modern art and modern furniture along with terrific graphic art. Many famous works are on display here including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Picasso, as well as furniture, porcelain, silver, clothing and so much more. Masterpieces and iconic art wherever one looks. The second floor contains priceless French impressionists and other period pieces by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Gaugain, Seurat, three gorgeous Renoirs, and so many more.. There is also a gallery of many European paintings hung together in a great room, such as one sees in Rome or at the Prado. Additionally, there is a superior collection of ancient Roman and Greek art. On the second floor one can find the Pendleton House, which is a fully preserved early American house filled with famous paintings like Copleys and interesting furniture.

We spent over 2 hours here and felt that there was so much we missed. What amazed me is that a university museum had such a vast collection. We intend to return this year to more fully appreciate what this museum has to offer. A true gem!

Visited May 2014
Thank Equity
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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in Providence”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The RISD Museum is obviously much smaller than some of the more prestigious museums in the region, but the quality of the collection is on a par with the best of them. In other words, there's less to see overall, but there are some really great items in the collection, from ancient to modern. If you find yourself in Providence with some time to kill and you want to check out a Degas or a Monet, or a sarcophagus or a mummy, it's worth a few hours of your day. I went on a Sunday and was not charged admission, but I think they do charge on other days.

Visited May 2014
Thank Steve W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Excellent Selection of Art”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

This museum is definitely worth visiting. A great selection of art, although the layout is a bit of a hodge podge. Hard to find your way around the museum.

Visited May 2014
Thank Andrea S
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