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RISD Museum of Art Providence

Where is it at?

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RISD Museum of Art
224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main St
Providence
RI
2903
Tel: 401-454-6500

Directions

Get arty as soon as you arrive at one of the two Museum entrances - 224 Benefit Street and now 20 North Main Street.

Where are we going today?

Are you a HUGE fan of art?  Of all the colours, techniques and artists....or do you just think its super cool to look at?  Either way, the Museum of Art is the perfect place for you and your whole family to spend a day taking in all the incredibly creative pieces of work that talented artists have produced. 

There are a huge collection of art from all the way back in ancient times (they were artists too!), to the present day.

There is such a range of fascinating galleries - from Ancient Greek and Roman, to a beautiful costume and textile section.   Incredible paintings....artistic photographs....and REALLY ancient art (thats super old!) are all on display for the whole family to enjoy, and learn from. 

The Museum really caters for the whole family.  There are tours specially designed for the little ones aged 3 - 5 (you can be an art critic at any age!) which allows them to be really interactive with the art, and enjoy the fun read-aloud story time.  There is a great and creative hands on sketching activity for those aged 6 and up, and a fun and inspirational Family Open Studio where the whole family can create together.  All of these you can just drop in when you get there - no need to book ahead!

It's an arty good time!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$3 (5-18)
  • Free Under: 5
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm / Thursday 10am - 9pm

Closed Mondays, January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25

Teachers corner

The RISD is a walking art classroom. They have various courses, workshops, lectures, talks....all great for extending the art education. They can also cater for school guided visits, self-guided visits, online resources for course work, and specific courses for families, teens, and college students. .

I'm Hungry!

Delicious sandwiches and drinks are available at the Chace Center Lobby within the Museum, and there are also a great number of tasty local eateries within walking distance. .

Any Top Tips?

5pm - 9pm every third Thursday of the month (except December) is Gallery Night - and its free! Wander round exploring all the galleries, enjoy workshops, and come and chat to the artists. Amazing!.

Need a little extra help?

All the galleries, as well as both Museum entrances, are fully wheelchair accessible. Each entrance has only one wheelchair for use, on a first come first serve basis..

Baby Facilities

Strollers are permitted, and you can use the elevators between floors. There are two strollers for visitor use if you need one upon your arrival. .

Can I get one of those?

The RISDworks is a great showcase for pieces of art designed and/or made by the very talented faculty in the center. If you love one of the pieces, you can buy it! All profits from sales go straight back into the Museum for future art experiences. .

What people are saying?

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    A handful of select paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture and fashion. The pieces are presented with a sensitive touch towards atmosphere. For example, in the gallery of Christian art, religious music was subtly played. A feat of architectural planning combined several old/new buildings together to form the complex. So bring a map, GPS or breadcrumbs to find your way through the galleries and back again.

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    I love museums. Especially this one. It probably only deserves 4 stars though. The current graphic art exhibit was worth checking out. The building is intricate and enjoyable to walk through. One of the best places to visit in Providence.

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    I've been going here since I was a toddler and I've always loved it. Beautiful collections, cafe, and a few changing exhibits.

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    Very nice museum. If interested in art productions, they habe good displays and their staff is very welcoming and helpful. Parking might be difficult because it is street parking.

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    Decent

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