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RISD Museum, Providence

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • I was on a recent business trip in Rhode Island and decided to swing by the RISD Museum of Art. The entry fee is $12 and it takes about an hour to hour and half to get through the museum. You could sp...  read more »
  • Lots of important works and artfully arranged in an interesting maze of old and new building. Check out the Do Ho Suh wallpaper (art) in the cloakroom at the back entrance. 
  • That tells it all and explains the confusing layout that extends over multiple buildings that are on a steep hill. So the entrance level into the first floor of the historic mansion is on the third (I...  read more »
  • This is the best art museum I've ever visited, hands down. There is a wide range of cultures represented along with many varying forms of art. From Grecian sculptures and Egyptian sarcophagi to a 10 foot tall wooden Buddha and Frank Lloyd Wright architectural pieces, all exhibits were well orchestrated and carefully organized. Make sure to grab a map on your way in and have a chat with the upbeat, friendly staff. Also, plan on spending two hours here at the very least. I wanted to spend the entire day here to see and read everything, but, sadly, we ran out of time.
  • Great selection for a small museum. How many other schools have their own world class art museum?
  • Great museum, I've taken a trip to Providence specifically to see it again. My only quip is that it's easy to experience everything in a couple hours. But it's not the museums fault.
  • This was a great afternoon well spend, specially since it was a hot day being able to show the kids new things while being away from the sun and heat was awesome.
  • Wonderful place, full of great treasures.
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