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RISD Museum, Providence

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Take in more than 80,000 works of art, including a 12th-century Japanese Buddha statue with meditation benches, at RISD Museum. This museum was founded in 1877 and has since undergone a number of renovations, including the addition of the Chase Center, built in 2008, which connects all of the museum's building via a glass bridge. The museum is linked with the Rhode Island School of Design and often features works from its alumni. While it houses art from around the world, the museum is perhaps most well-known for its French and American collections, featuring artists from Monet to Warhol. Make RISD Museum a part of your Providence vacation plans using our Providence holiday builder app.
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  • Eclectic museum with a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass—you name it. We enjoyed the contemporary section the most, but there are paintings by... 
    Eclectic museum with a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass—you name it. We enjoyed the contemporary section the most, but there are paintings by...  more »
  • small yet spectacular see the largest wooden Buddha statue in USA & IMHO the smallest Liechtenstein painting ever 
    small yet spectacular see the largest wooden Buddha statue in USA & IMHO the smallest Liechtenstein painting ever  more »
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  • Small, but interesting enough. They have a little bit of everything, and it's presented somewhat originally. Honestly, the coffee shop in front was my favorite part. As for the art museum, I would expect a bit more from such a famed institution. I mean, it's never gonna be the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so why try to be that when NYC is only 3 hours away.
  • Very cool museum! Stumbled upon it while looking for things to do in Providence. Worked out that there is no entrance fee on Sundays! Lots of old (2000+ years) art, stonework, etc that is interesting. Also more modern art and as recent as 2018. Includes very well-known (Monet, Picasso, Degas, Pollock) as well as RISD student work which we very much enjoyed. Huge museum with stuff for anyone and everyone. Well worth the visit!

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