The Best Museums in Providence, RI

Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the country's oldest cities and one that is steeped in history. While often overshadowed by larger cities in New England, Providence has rich arts and cultural background with an array of activities for all ages. For those looking to explore Providence and all that it has to offer, here are a few great museums to visit:

RISD Museum

Established in 1877, the RISD Museum is home to over 100,000 pieces of art from all over the world. As part of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, this museum curates collections in Ancient, Asian, and contemporary art. In addition, the RISD Museum also has one of the most extensive collections of historical dress and textiles in the nation with pieces dating back to 1500 BCE.

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Located within the Roger Williams Park, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium highlights cultural and natural aspects found throughout history. Founded in 1896, this historic museum offers a series of exhibits as well as educational programs to help visitors understand the world in which they live. The museum is also home to the state's only public planetarium, with shows offered throughout the week.

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

An affiliate of renowned Brown University, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum located on campus. The museum is a preeminent institution that focuses on understanding cultures through exhibits, lectures, and educational programs. Making its home in Manning Hall, this 2,000 square foot gallery rotates exhibits on such topics as Drone Warriors: The Art of Surveillance and Resistance at Standing Rock and Sacred is Sacred: The Art of Protecting Bears Ears.

When you call River House your home, great cultural opportunities like these are right on your doorstep. Please contact us for more information and to schedule a tour.