Museums

Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Providence.

6 Providence Children's Museum
If you're traveling with children, or know someone in the area that has some you could "borrow," then you must get to the Providence Children's Museum. Designed for kids and their adults to enjoy together, the museum features hands-on art, science, health, and history exhibits, workshops, and special events. Call ahead to see what events are scheduled during your Providence visit. (401-273-5437)

5 Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University
American cast iron stoves from the 1800s, ancient Roman silverware, over 4000 menus from all over the world, a huge cookbook collection and special exhibits focusing on everything from diners to open hearths and microwaves — all this and more is on display at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University. No matter what your culinary interest, be it classic diner eats or contemporary haute cuisine, this museum is sure to please the palate. (401-598-2805)

4 Woods-Gerry Mansion
Housed in an 1860 mansion designed by Richard Upjohn, the Woods-Gerry Gallery is devoted exclusively to exhibiting the art of RISD students and faculty. Frequently changing exhibits spotlight works from different departments, such as Graphic Design, Textiles, Glass, Architecture, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. (401-454-6141)

3 Rhode Island School of Design Museum
The variety of art exhibited at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum is truly stunning. From ancient Roman sculpture to modern painting and graphic design, the 45 galleries cover virtually every genre of art imaginable. Exhibit highlights include the popular 19th century French galleries, where you'll see works by Rodin, Matisse, Manet, Delacroix, Cezanne, and Monet. The early Greek and Roman galleries display ancient sculpture, coins, and frescoes. The museum's permanent collection includes over 15,000 costumes and textiles, and over 18,000 drawings and paintings. (401-454-6500)

2 Governor Henry Lippitt House
This 1865 Renaissance-style mansion is furnished with authentic period pieces, making a tour of the house like a trip back to high-Victorian days. Architectural details abound, and the interior decor features hand-carved woodwork, intricate stenciling, elaborate chandeliers, and stained glass windows. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Definitely worth a visit. (401-453-0688)

1 Annmary Brown Memorial
If you are an art fan, there's no better way to spend an afternoon than at the Annmary Brown Memorial. This museum has an extensive collection of both European and American art stretching from the Renaissance all the way to the early 20th century. (401-863-1994)

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Providence Children's Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
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Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: Providence Place Mall
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Woods-Gerry Mansion 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
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Rhode Island School of Design Museum 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: Eastside
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Governor Henry Lippitt House 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
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Annmary Brown Memorial 10Best List Arrow
Type: History Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
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