Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 2, Providence

Providence is nicknamed "the creative capital” in part because of its amazing array of art galleries and studios. Art lovers will be stunned by the quality and variety of work on display. Take this tour to visit some of Providence's most popular galleries.
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Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 2
Guide Location: USA » Providence (See other walking tours in Providence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: alice
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Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at RISD

1) Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at RISD (must see)

Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at RISD displays the work of graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design. The pieces are very interesting, and the gallery provides a first look at tomorrow's great artists. The gallery is free and open to the public. It is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Above Providence Optical Gallery

2) Above Providence Optical Gallery

Above Providence Optical Gallery is located on the second floor of the Providence Optical Building. It is an interesting gallery that displays work by modern artists. The gallery building is a beautiful Elizabethan-style structure that was built in 1866 for the Atlantic Bank. The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Bank Rhode Island Galleries

3) Bank Rhode Island Galleries

Bank Rhode Island Galleries are actually three galleries located in separate branches of Bank Rhode Island. One of the galleries is housed in the Turk’s Head Building, the bank's main office. All three galleries display pieces by modern artists from Rhode Island. The exhibitions rotate every month, and all the work on display is for sale. Paula Martiesian, a local artist, serves as the curator. The galleries are open Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Providence Art Club

4) Providence Art Club (must see)

The Providence Art Club is believed to be the second oldest art club in the U.S. It was established in 1880 and promotes visual art in the region. The club has two galleries: Maxwell Mays Gallery and Dodge House Gallery. The galleries are both located in historic buildings and host rotating monthly exhibitions. Entrance is free and the gallery is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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David Winton Bell Gallery

5) David Winton Bell Gallery

David Winton Bell Gallery was established in 1971 and is located in Brown University's List Art Center. The gallery's collection is large and includes pieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery also hosts six to eight temporary exhibitions per year, as well as numerous lectures and cultural events. The gallery is free and open Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Woods-Gerry Gallery

6) Woods-Gerry Gallery

Woods-Gerry Gallery exhibits pieces by students at the Rhode Island School of Design that include paintings, photography, sculptures, textiles and more. The gallery is located in a fascinating Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Richard Upjohn in 1860. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

7) The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

Chazan Gallery is located on the Wheeler School campus. It showcases the work of Rhode Island artists. The gallery hosts six exhibitions per year from September to April. During these months, it is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge.
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Krause Gallery

8) Krause Gallery

Krause Gallery is housed in Friends Hall on the Moses Brown School campus. The gallery rotates exhibitions of contemporary artwork by local and national artists. The gallery is free and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Walking Tours in Providence, Rhode Island

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

Creating your own self-guided walk in Providence is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 1

Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 1

Providence is a creative city that is home to numerous art galleries and studios. On your trip to Providence, you can view important pieces from the past, as well as cutting edge work from modern artists. Take this tour to visit Providence's most notable art galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Providence Landmarks Tour

Providence Landmarks Tour

Providence is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Providence River, nearly as old as the United States themselves. It has many interesting historic and architectural landmarks. Take this tour to visit some of Providence's most notable sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Providence Religious Sites Tour

Providence Religious Sites Tour

Providence's name alludes to “God's merciful Providence”. The original colony was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile. Today the city is home to a variety of churches and cathedrals and is quite tolerant of religious differences. Take this tour to visit Providence's beautiful and historic places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Providence Shopping Tour

Providence Shopping Tour

Providence is a great destination for those who enjoy shopping. The city was once the capital of industry in the U.S., and today it is considered the country's “creative capital”. Take the following tour to visit some of Providence's most popular art galleries, antique stores, jewelry stores and other notable shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, is one of the state's oldest and most beautiful cities whose new architecture blends harmoniously with historic buildings, e.g. in places like College Hill, where Gothic and Georgian styles create a fascinating mix of colors and shapes. The city is a home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, among many other notable attractions. To explore the most popular sights of Providence, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Providence Architecture Tour

Providence Architecture Tour

Providence is a beautiful city that was founded on the banks of the Providence River in 1636 by Roger Williams. The combination of old and new architecture makes for a fascinating cityscape. Take this tour to enjoy some of Providence's architectural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Providence for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Providence has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Providence, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.