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RISD Museum, Providence

(4.7/5 based on 650 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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  • This museum offers such a variety of art and design from so many eras that there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone. I loved looking at sculpture, clothing, the old masters and modern f...  more »
  • The RISD museum has something for everyone. I was a particular fan of the decorative arts including the Chilhully chandelier and arts and crafts vases. The kids loved the colonial rooms and costumes.  more »
  • Lovely museum, its small size belies what a cornucopia of art treasures I saw here. Didn't expect so many greats. Everything from sublime Buddhist pieces (including one of the largest Buddha statues) ...  more »
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  • A solid good museum with a good collection. The focus is largely on furniture and we enjoyed the Todd Oldham collection. While this collection ended last week, you will not be disappointed by the other exhibits. Plan on spending 1-2 hours here and it certainly is worth it. Note that if you plan on visiting and you're able to do it on a Sunday do it then since admission is free.
  • Very nice museum. If interested in art productions, they have good displays and their staff is very welcoming and helpful. Parking might be difficult because it is street parking.
  • Got to love the museum here. It's small but full of surprises! RISD has a lot of famous alumni, and their work as students were precious and impressive. Gift shop has really expensive collection....
  • Nice Museum. Old and new works. Sort of small. Free on Sundays. It's in a good area of Provosence that you can walk around and explore.
  • 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.