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Providence/Warwick museums and galleries offer a rich cultural history of RI

Steamship Historical Society of America

2500 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone:

Steamship Historical Society of America is dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels. Its Warwick building contains a growing collection of paintings, half-models, and maritime artwork by noteworthy artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The society’s interactive website virtually distributes some of the organization's vast archives with a worldwide audience. The site includes lesson plans for teachers at "STEAMing Into the Future. The society welcomes steamship enthusiasts to submit articles for publication in the magazine “PowerShips.” The society building and archives are open by appointment.
Clouds Hill Museum - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Clouds Hill Museum

4175 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-884-9490

A portal to the past...

This house, in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1872. Visitors have noted the high quality of the property as a pure and authentic example of the Victorian period. The house was designed by William Walker & Sons, who designed many Rhode Island buildings. Experts see right away that the fireplace setting was carved by Charles Dowler, whose pieces are fine enough for display in many museums, Well-known members of the family include Roger Williams, Zachariah Allen, Samuel Slater, and Anne “Nancy” Allen Holst. The carriage museum has a dozen vehicles and their accessories. The property has 70 species of trees and shrubs.
Warwick Center for the Arts - Warwick Office of Tourism - Warwick, RI
Warwick Center for the Arts

3259 Post Road Warwick, RI, 02886 Phone: 401-737-0010

Warwick Center for the Arts is tucked into a block in one of the city’s historic village centers, cheek-to-cheek with City Hall, the local library, and the post office, all of which are historical buildings. The Center for the Arts is a bustling space: the main gallery showcases art exhibits that change every four to six weeks with a festive opening reception for each. The main gallery also hosts art demos, gallery talks, film screenings, and occasional social events for the community. The stage in the main gallery provides intimate performance space for artists of all types. Weekly laughs are provided by Bring Your Own Improv comedy troupe—two shows each Friday. Other performers who have graced the stage include poets, student musicians from the RI Philharmonic, and ethnic dance troupes.
John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street Providence, RI, 02906 Phone: 401-273-7507

One of America's grandest mansions when completed in 1788, the house at 52 Power Street was home first to John Brown, a businessman, patriot, politician, China trade pioneer, and slave trader who participated in the debates and practices that shaped the new nation. Group, school, and special tours are available by appointment when you decide to visit this Rhode Island museum on your next vacation or getaway. .
Hours: December 1-March 31, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; April 1-November 30, Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children age 7-17, $6.
Information: rihs.org/museums_jbh.html
Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium

Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-680-7221

Rhode Island's only natural history museum and home to the state's only planetarium make this a great place to visit and thing to do, especially on your next family vacation with children. The museum offers regular exhibits, events, and attractions. The Planetarium features a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged domed ceiling on which the stars are projected. Children under age 4 are not permitted into the planetarium.
Hours: Museum open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with last admission at 3:30 p.m. The planetarium is open every weekend and daily during July and August, with shows beginning at 2 p.m.
Admission: Museum admission is $2; planetarium admission is $3.
Information: www.providenceri.com/museum.
Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design

224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street Providence, RI, 02903 Phone: 401-454-6500

The exhibits at this Rhode Island museum focus on historic art and design. About 86,000 works of art include items and exhibits from ancient Greece and Rome, 18th-century Europe, ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages and 19th-century American decorative art.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors over age 62, $10; college students, $5; youth aged 5-18, $3. Free admission third Thursday of the month, 5-9 p.m.; every Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.