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Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2711
+1 401-454-6500
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Amazing Pieces

I was impressed with the caliber of pieces the museum has....everything from Picasso to Pollock... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
New Jersey
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Underrated museum

Although the collection is small, it is very thorough as would be expected in a teaching museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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224 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2711
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was impressed with the caliber of pieces the museum has....everything from Picasso to Pollock. The Asian exhibit was my favorite - quite a few Tibetan pieces.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the collection is small, it is very thorough as would be expected in a teaching museum. Some surprising artists represented. A chihuly from his RISD days. Some colonial era portraits and landscapes. Well worth an afternoon.

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for the "Inventing Impressionism" exhibit (ending June 11) featuring Cézanne, Pissarro, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas and more. Classic paintings in an intimate setting! I say "eclectic" because in the room next door, there were a lot of contemporary pieces including one by Andy...More

Thank Joe_from_Boston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is the best commercial Art and Design School in America. The Cinematography School at Rhode Island School of Design,is among ,the best in the world. There is a Cinematography Museum in Poland, of all places which is marvelous. Europe produces exceptional Cinematographers...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Dukesnyder
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Pamela P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Minya S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Thank Amy F
Reviewed 4 weeks 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...More

Thank AnnieMF
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Judith L
Where to park?
13 October 2016|
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Response from 2youngandhappy | Reviewed this property |
If you're looking for free parking, there's not any for the museum. The best option, if you're up to walk a few blocks, is probably to park on Congdon St. I believe it was after 10am you could park free for the entire day... More
What are your Thursday hours?
3 August 2016|
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Damon F
How long would you say that a casual visit to see most of this museum would take? I've read that it's fairly small; could it be done in, say, 2-2.5 hours?
8 April 2015|
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Response from Lorinos | Reviewed this property |
I agree with CavKa who responded that it depends upon the type of museum-goer that you are. But generally speaking, I'd say that 2 - 2.5 hours will give you enough time to see most of the museum.