Providence Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Providence - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Benefit Street

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The centerpiece of any visit to Providence is this "mile of history" where the city's wealthiest families lived in the 18th and early...

Brown University

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Founded in 1764, this Ivy League institution is the nation's seventh-oldest college and has more than 40 academic departments, including...

First Unitarian Church of Providence

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This Romanesque house of worship made of Rhode Island granite was built in 1816. Its steeple houses a 2,500-pound bell, the largest ever...

Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

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The two-term Rhode Island governor made his fortune selling textiles to both armies during the Civil War and spared no expense in building...

John Brown House Museum

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Rhode Island's most famous 18th-century home was the stately residence of John Brown, a wealthy businessman, slave trader, politician,...

John Hay Library

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Built in 1910 and named for Abraham Lincoln's secretary, the "Hay" houses Brown University Library's collections of rare books and manuscripts...

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

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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...

Providence Athenaeum

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Philadelphia architect William Strickland designed this 1838 Greek Revival building. Here Edgar Allan Poe courted poet Sarah Helen Whitman...

Thayer Street

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Bustling Thayer Street bears a proud old New England name and is very much a part of life at Brown University. You'll find restaurants...

Wickenden Street

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Named for a Baptist minister who was one of Providence's first settlers, this main artery in the Fox Point district is home to antiques...