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RISD Museum, Providence

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Take in more than 80,000 works of art, including a 12th-century Japanese Buddha statue with meditation benches, at RISD Museum. This museum was founded in 1877 and has since undergone a number of renovations, including the addition of the Chase Center, built in 2008, which connects all of the museum's building via a glass bridge. The museum is linked with the Rhode Island School of Design and often features works from its alumni. While it houses art from around the world, the museum is perhaps most well-known for its French and American collections, featuring artists from Monet to Warhol. Make RISD Museum a part of your Providence vacation plans using our Providence holiday builder app.
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  • Surprising! There was so much to see at the RISD Museum. Very interesting. Good collections but manageable. 
    Surprising! There was so much to see at the RISD Museum. Very interesting. Good collections but manageable.  more »
  • Top-caliber art in a unique, expansive setting - we went on Sunday which was free admission; at full price I'd have probably given it a similarly high rating however. Drawing and impressionist... 
    Top-caliber art in a unique, expansive setting - we went on Sunday which was free admission; at full price I'd have probably given it a similarly high rating however. Drawing and impressionist...  more »
  • Wonderful display of artwork. Interesting for the casual museum goer as well as more knowledgeable art afficianados. Several periods of art is displayed, all with well-written explanations. 
    Wonderful display of artwork. Interesting for the casual museum goer as well as more knowledgeable art afficianados. Several periods of art is displayed, all with well-written explanations.  more »
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  • I really liked the museum! It was bigger and better than I expected! Good collections! Loved the signs with artists' names and texts, placed next to paintings - they did a great job! It was interesting to read and learn! I loved the room with European icons and religious sculptures. Many objects were 1000 years old. I loved seeing them! European art of XVIII and XIX centuries was very nice! The collection of American art was great! Interesting room with textiles. Highly recommend to visit! Loved the cafeteria in the museum, too! 👍
  • Very eclectic museum. Personally, I'm not a modern art aficionado. There are some gorgeous classical pieces well worth the time. If you love modern art this is your place!
  • Highly recommend!!! Exceptionally well curated, we spent 3-4 hours in here and would come back and bring friends. Very impressed with the layouts and quality of art. Made for a very memorable weekend.
  • This place was surprisingly large with multiple floors filled with art of all types: sculpture, painting, drawings. The current special exhibition included some drawings with chalk that were incredible. The floor plan and map is confusing and hard to follow. However, the docents were extremely patient and friendly and more than willing to provide guidance. We didn't allot enough time to see everything, as we thought it was only going to be a small collection of local artists work. I would recommend setting aside at least 2 hours to see it all and maybe more if you want to read everything as well. Parking was an issue. We drove around a bit before we found a lot at the bottom of the hill. Mention that you are going to the museum and you pay a flat rate. It is a bit of a walk UP hill to get to the museum. I don't think those with mobility issues would have an easy time of it.
  • Nice Museum. Old and new works of art. Sort of small, but very interesting to explore. Free on Sundays. It's in a good area of Providence that you can walk around and explore.

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