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Providence Sights

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

  • 224 Benefit St. Map It
  • East Side
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/20/2014

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This museum houses more than 86,000 objects ranging from ancient art to work by contemporary artists from across the globe. Highlights include Impressionist paintings, Gorham silver, Newport furniture, an ancient Egyptian mummy, and a 12th-century Buddha—the largest historic Japanese wooden sculpture in the United States. Artists represented include major figures in the history of visual art and culture, including Cézanne, Chanel, Copley, Degas, Hirst, Homer, LeWitt,

Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, Twombly, van Gogh, and Warhol—to name a few.

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224 Benefit St., Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12
  • Tues., Wed., and Fri.–Sun. 10–5, Thurs. 10–9

Updated 03/20/2014


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May 13, 2009

Top flight moderate sized museum

Arguably the best attraction in Providence, a first-rate medium sized art museum with a wide-ranging collection. Has a very high quality to quantity ratio, including some anthology-level items. Surprisingly diverse holdings, with paintings and sculpture from many eras and countries, including a respectable non-Western collection. A must.

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Aug 28, 2005

What a gem

I made a point to visit museums wherever I travel throughout the world. I must admit that I wasn't expecting much when I visited this museum on the RISD campus. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed! I ended up spending a few hours in the museum enjoying its surprisingly broad collection of art. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Providence.

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