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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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  • The current exhibit on pen drawings included works by Rembrandt, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso, Duhrer, Hockney,. I love how there simple lines evokes such life like images. The museum has quite a ...  more »
  • OK we had low expectations - Providence Museum experience at RISD. This place really blew us away. Great experience!  more »
  • The museum itself is wonderful. A hidden gem of Providence (see the wonderful Rotho). But current special exhibit which traces the various roles of drawing over the ages is also well worth seeing Sinc...  more »
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  • The museum looks deceptively small from the lobby but it does open up to spacious major wings at the upper floors, housing the rich and diverse collection of art from all over the world, some dating from antiquity. As expected, the narrative is design-centric, highlighting various aspects of design as they relate to art. We planned to be here for less than an hour but ended up staying for two. The admission fee of $15 is pretty reasonable. They also offer free admission every Sunday. There is paid street parking available but we didn't have any luck finding a spot and ended up parking two blocks north.
  • Very cool museum. Not huge so it doesn't take hours to walk through. Some really awesome exhibits. When we went they had a mummy in display. The employees walking the floor we're super helpful and answered all of our questions. The gift shop is pretty pricey though. Skip by that if you have kids haha.
  • Amazing experience! Highly recommended for those who want to dive into the art world. They have amazing pieces and so much to offer! Also it's free on Sundays!
  • Tons of cool stuff, but enormous. Unfortunately they were pretty strict on closing time so didn't get to see everything.
  • Really fine collection of art and fashion. Spent a pleasant day soaking up culture. Gacinayed by the student exhabition.

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Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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