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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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  • October 3, 2017
    I was not expecting such a wide range of artistic talent to be displayed here. It has paintings from many eras, sculpture, modern design, and much more. I was impressed. It can compete with museums in...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Great museum with quite the variety of items. Staff was friendly and informative. I was glad to leave a donation when I left :)  more »
  • October 1, 2017
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  • July 2, 2017
    Really cool buildings build around the hill. Combined old structures with the new and modern. The paths in the museum is mystical and interesting as well, like maze connected by different hall ways that leads to various art pieces. There's paintings from Vincent Van Gogh, sculptures by Rodin as well as art piece from China, India and modern American. This is the first time for me to see fabrics, lace and costume designs. Fantastic collections! Admission is $12, discount for senior, students and toddlers. What a treat for the minds!
  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • May 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    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.

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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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