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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. Put RISD Museum into our Providence itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Although the collection is small, it is very thorough as would be expected in a teaching museum. Some surprising artists represented. A chihuly from his RISD days. Some colonial era portraits and land...  more »
  • We stopped in for the "Inventing Impressionism" exhibit (ending June 11) featuring Cézanne, Pissarro, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and more. Classic paintings in an intimate setting! I say "eclectic" becaus...  more »
  • I think this is the best commercial Art and Design School in America. The Cinematography School at Rhode Island School of Design,is among ,the best in the world. There is a Cinematography Museum in Po...  more »
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  • A wonderful collection of various art pieces. The building has an interesting architecture too. It was partially under renovation when we visited, but they had a big collection of European art displayed in an "open storage" layout--"Intermission". The display seems somewhat haphazard as they are not organized by artist, style, or time period. There are no plaques identifying different pieces either. It was a very different experience than a typical museum exhibit, and we enjoyed it. I think this is only a temporary display until mid-2017 when renovations are complete and these and other pieces will be moved back to a more traditional gallery.
  • I was surprised by the number of works from the most famous artists across many different eras of historical art. There is a little bit of everything, and not as crowded as the largest museums. Won't have the breadth of items, but you'll probably find at least one of something you're interested in seeing.
  • I always enjoy coming to this museum. It's much larger than it looks and even has a small garden hidden within it. The temporary exhibits are almost always interesting and there is a nice variety of artwork -- so many time periods, styles, and forms. It's also a short walk from anywhere else you need to go, which is convenient.
  • Most definitely one of my favorite museums of all time. Just visited for the first time and I was really impressed with the exhibits! Be sure to stop by the cafe for an afternoon tea or coffee drink.
  • Admission Members: free Adults: $12 Senior citizens (age 62+): $10 Youth (ages 5–18): $3 Children under 5: free College students: $5 with valid college ID Staff, faculty, and students of RISD or member institutions: free with valid college ID Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm). The RISD Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families. Learn more.