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“Might not look like much but it beats out Boston and is less crowded!”

Providence Children's Museum
Ranked #14 of 117 things to do in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: New museum located in the Jewelry District.
Boston, Massachusetts
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646 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
“Might not look like much but it beats out Boston and is less crowded!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Take it from someone that frequents every kid activity in the Northeast including having memberships to every children's museum in the area. This place is worth a visit from anywhere. It may not look like much on the outside, housed in one of the old factory buildings in the south end jewelry district of Providence. Parking is challenging since the lot only holds 6 rows of cars and then you will have to park in a paid garage down the street. Inside it is two floors of packed activities including and outside portion. The admission is reasonable and if you have other memberships to local museums, the reciprocal programs gets you in for free until April, then its 50% off.

The exhibits are all the hands on types found in other museums but this place looks redone and more modernized. Plus there are things not found in other museums such as a historical walk through of Rhode Island and an outside area with burrow tunnels and caves. they also have a huge water play room and a construction area. Plus their new exhibit Think/Play is pretty cool with lots of puzzles and hands on activities. They also have a smaller kids area to climb and play called Little Woods. There is even a room to eat lunches and a discovery room for other hands on group activities. They also have live shows depending on the day. Pretty neat place and sprinkled throughout are staff members to monitor and help with all the exhibits. Gift shop at the end doesn't have much but is adequate. This beats out Boston since that museum can be a nightmare when it is crowded and is just too big. Make it a point to stop in to this place, it is a great way to burn 3-4 hours of the day!

Visited December 2012
Thank lip89
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Meh; save your money and go to Boston”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

To be honest, the Boston location is not only larger, but has better exhibits. The Providence location was definitely lacking, and even as a young child I preferred the Boston location much better.

Visited January 2012
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place for kids to free play”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I brought my 9 year old and 2 year old here. They enjoyed it. The museum has a lot of volunteers who are helpful and engaging. Some of the exhibits are a little dated and geared towards Rhode Island history. The kids like the construction area and the ship is popular too. I have very hands on kids and they liked the water tables and vacuums tubes and the giant lite bright. I purchased a membership as I see bringing the kids back multiple times it also provides discounted or free admission to other museums.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Thomas D
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Norton, Massachusetts, United States
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun especially for young children.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Have been a few times. Being from out of town it is a little tricky to get to and has limited parking but worth it. Museum is large inside and has a wide variety of exhibits. My kids especially enjoy the water room where they play with pumps, pipes, locks, boats etc. This room is really focal point of visit for them. In good weather there is also very nice outdoor play area.

Visited June 2012
Thank Carl L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“So much fun!”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We visited early on a Sunday morning. The museum is great for kids and adults alike. Our daughter had a blast in each room and with each activity. It started to get busy around 11, so plan accordingly. The water tables were the biggest hit and my husband and I had fun there too.
The prices are a bit high, but you can easily spend half a day there and pack a lunch to eat outside on nice days, so it's not a bad value. If we lived closer we'd definitely get a membership (prices were very reasonable and on average for a family of 3, the membership would pay for itself in 4 visits), but because we're not we'll probably go a few times a year and try to catch the discount days, although I'm sure those are even more packed.

Visited September 2012
Thank Nicole P
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