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RISD Museum , Providence
Take in more than 80,000 works of art, including a 12th-century Japanese Buddha statue with meditation benches, at RISD Museum. This museum w
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Brown University , Providence
Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colon
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Plimoth Patuxet Museums is a living history museum that tells the story of the historic events of America's founding story, the arrival of the Pilgrims in1620; relationship with the Wampanoag Nation; the First Thanksgiving.There are 3 unique exhibit locations at Plimoth Patuxet Museums. o The Mayflower, a full-scale replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims in 1620 (a gift from England to the U.S. for their help in the war), listed on the National Register of Historic Places.o Plimoth Grist Mill, a working reproduction of the Pilgrims' original 1636 mill on Town Brook.o Plimoth Patuxet campus, includes the Patuxet Homesite, 17th-Century English Village, Craft Center (Plimoth artisans), Rare Breeds Animals.Exhibitions: We Gather Together, Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and the Making of an American Holiday; History in a New Light: Illuminating Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth.Seven retail stores that sell Plimoth & local artisan itemsCafe at Plimoth Patuxet
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History Museum
Interact with an authentic environment and historical interpreters of Pilgrims at Plimoth Patuxet Museums, a living museum based and located
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Specialty Museum
Heritage Museums & Gardens offers landscaped gardens, walking trails, galleries, sculpture, and more. Stroll around the public gardens, which


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Providence has undergone a major upgrade in recent years, transforming from a rough-around-the-edges industrial city into an epicenter of culture. Today you'll encounter a rich collection of museums and theaters coupled with tasty ethnic cuisine and energetic nightlife, plus a refurbished downtown area. Federal Hill, just west of downtown, remains one of the biggest draws for visitors due to its historical architecture, outstanding Italian restaurants, strong concentration of shops, and buzzing bars and clubs. The presence of colleges and universities adds a youthful exuberance. As the third-largest city in New England, Providence hosts plenty of special events, such as concerts and fairs. Use our United States holiday planner to plan your trip to Providence and other destinations in United States.

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Where to stay in Providence

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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