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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Neighbourhood: College Hill
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Address: 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2711
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+1 401-454-6500
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
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This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than...

This innovative and internationally renowned museum showcases more than 80,000 works of art from Paul Revere's silver and caricatures of 18th century Europe, to French Impressionists and the avant-garde works of recent alumni. A 12th-century Japanese Buddha has its own room with benches for meditating.

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I was impressed by some of the biggest names in art history with wonderful works in this museum: Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Manet, Cezanne, Reynolds, Cole, Sargent. The... read more

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Ligonier PA
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was impressed by some of the biggest names in art history with wonderful works in this museum: Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Manet, Cezanne, Reynolds, Cole, Sargent. The collection is diverse and "lively." There are challenging pieces arranged in stimulating ways. There is a floor devoted to student work, and the objects were thought-provoking. The museum is connected to the... More 

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is like a small version of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There are rooms of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Eastern art as well as room settings from various furniture periods. The painting collection is also impressive and there are special exhibitions, too. I highly recommend a visit here.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been visiting this museum annually for about 50 yrs. The new site is welcoming, clean and great! Visit you'll enjoy it I'm sure

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great museum! A surprisingly large collection of famous paintings. Quite interesting and user friendly, I enjoyed very much. However I would caution that it is not a place for children or even teens. Side note, it is free on Sundays which is a huge bonus

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has the most incredible collection of art. It compares to the best art museums in the world. It also has tours for tots on some Saturdays.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There were many famous paintings in the impressionistic section, very impressive collection in a small museum. It's very easy to tour and spent about 2 hours but, that was all due to the move and reconstruction of the museum with a few floors closed. In the one "storage room" nothing was labeled so you couldn't tell what you were looking... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the better mid-size art museums one is likely to encounter. Not surprising, considering its association with one of the nation's most respected design schools. Even so, the breadth and depth of the collections is impressive, and not to be missed if you are visiting Providence.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so blown away by the incredible amount of art in this little museum! I didn't expect there to be so many floors, and sections. I especially loved the Egyptian and Asian sections, as well as the section on Impressionism. The fact that it's free on Sunday was an especially fantastic bonus! If you're planning a visit try to... More 

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minnetonka. minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had no idea what a remarkable museum this is - the architecture, the collections, the intimacy of the galleries, it all was a pleasant surprise. Definitely should be a "must see" when visiting Providence. And don't rush - plan to stay for a few hours.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday is "free" day at the RISD Museum, so it was perhaps more crowded than on a pay day, but we never felt crowded. The Benefit Street entrance leads into an early-19th century house, with many rooms of antique furniture and accessories. The North Main Street side has more contemporary art, but also Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts.

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