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“Great little museum”

Providence Children's Museum
Ranked #15 of 124 things to do in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: New museum located in the Jewelry District.
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Wonderful place to bring the kids- I'm speaking from the perspective of a baby-sitter, but it is clean and small enough that the kids can see everything. Great place for the morning/afternoon with the kids. Wonderful areas for them to explore, and hits a variety of ages.

Thank BlackJM
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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!

Thank lip89
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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.

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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.

1  Thank Thomas D
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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.

Thank Carl L
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