Providence Museums Tour, Providence (Self Guided)

Providence was established in 1636 and is one of the original thirteen colonies of the U.S. The city has a long history, and over the years has been home to many well-known artists, politicians, writers and more. This fascinating heritage is reflected in the city's numerous museums and historic houses. Take this tour to visit the best museums the city has to offer.
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Providence Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Providence Museums Tour
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: 2.8 km
Author: alice
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Rhode Island School of Design Museum

1) Rhode Island School of Design Museum (must see)

Rhode Island School of Design Museum is a prominent art museum affiliated with the well-known Rhode Island School of Design. The museum was founded in 1877 and is the 20th largest art museum in the United States.

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (The RISD Museum) contains a broad range of works from around the world, including Egypt, Asia, Africa, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe, and the Americas. It also features many notable works by a range Rhode Island artists such as 17th century Newport furniture makers Goddard and Townsend and nineteenth century Rhode Island painters, such as Anglo-American impressionist John Noble Barlow and portraitist Gilbert Stuart. The museum also features prominent international and American artists such as Picasso, Monet, Manet, Paul Revere, and Andy Warhol. The RISD Museum houses over 86,000 works of art.

The department of Ancient Art includes bronze figural sculpture and vessels, an exceptional collection of Greek coins (that grew out of the collection donated by Henry A. Greene), stone sculpture, Greek vases, paintings, and mosaics, a fine collection of Roman jewelry and glass, and teaching examples of terracottas.Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm.

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Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Gallery

2) Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Gallery

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University's teaching museum. The museum has a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) gallery in Manning Hall on the university campus. Changing exhibitions in the museum’s gallery in Manning Hall, at the center of Brown University's campus, highlight the museum's collections from around the world and the work of Brown University faculty, staff and students. The museum also offers public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, school activities, and a broad range of programs and events for all ages.

The Museum originated with the private collection of Rudolf F. Haffenreffer, who founded the King Philip Museum in the early 20th century on the Mount Hope Grant in Bristol RI, the former headquarters of Metacom, or King Philip, a 17th-century Wampanoag sachem. The Museum became part of Brown University in 1955 and opened its gallery on the Brown campus in 2006.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm.

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Governor Stephen Hopkins House

3) Governor Stephen Hopkins House (must see)

The Governor Stephen Hopkins House, built in 1708, is a museum that was the home of Stephen Hopkins, a governor of Rhode Island and signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

Stephen Hopkins purchased the house in 1743 and made a large two story addition to the original house that was built in 1708. The house is now owned and managed by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

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Annmary Brown Memorial

4) Annmary Brown Memorial

Annmary Brown Memorial is an art museum, library and mausoleum at Brown University. It is located at 21 Brown Street. It is one of five libraries comprising the University Library system. Before merging with the university in 1948, the museum was founded as an independent collection by General Rush Hawkins and his wife, Annmary Brown. The Hawkinses are interred in a crypt at the building. The building was constructed in 1903 by architect Norman Isham. Today, the museum features a wide array of art from around the world.

The building housed a well known collection of 450 incunabula for many years. In 1990, the collection was moved to the John Hay Library. The museum is normally open on Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm during the academic year, Labor Day through Memorial Day.

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John Brown Museum

5) John Brown Museum (must see)

The John Brown House is the first mansion built in Providence. It is located along Power Street on College Hill, which is adjacent to the borders of Brown University. The house is named after the original owner and one of the early benefactors of the University, the early American merchant and statesman John Brown. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.

John Quincy Adams considered the house "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent." The original structure was built in 1786 by John Brown. Notable guests during this time include George Washington, who is reported to have visited for tea. The house was sold in 1901 to the prominent Rhode Island industrialist and banker Marsden J. Perry. Under Marsden's supervision, the extension was renovated to add in modern bathrooms and central heating systems.

In 1942, the Brown family donated the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society for preservation. The house was restored to its original colonial decor. The museum now contains many original furniture pieces provided by the Brown family estate.

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Nightingale-Brown House

6) Nightingale-Brown House

The Nightingale–Brown House, at 357 Benefit Street, is home to the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University. In 1792 Captain Joseph Nightingale built the house. In 1814, Nicholas Brown Jr. purchased the home. His descendants owned the house until the death of Anne S.K. Brown in 1985, at which point it was donated to Brown University. Architects Thomas Tefft and Richard Upjohn made additions in 1853 and 1864, respectively. Frederick Law Olmstead landscaped the grounds in 1890. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

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Nelson W. Aldrich House

7) Nelson W. Aldrich House

The Nelson W. Aldrich House, also known as the Dr. S. B. Tobey House, is a Federal-style house museum that was the home of Nelson W. Aldrich, a U.S. Senator from 1881 to 1911.

Robert S. Burroughs hired John Holden Green to build the house in 1821. The house passed through several owners before Aldrich purchased it in the 1890s. Aldrich was known for exerting control over the Republican Party at the turn of the twentieth century and creating the Federal Reserve Banking System. Aldrich's daughter, Abby, married John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller was named after his grandfather Aldrich. Winthrop Aldrich deeded the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1974, and Aldrich House currently serves as the Society headquarters and offers changing Rhode Island historical displays. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

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Governor Henry Lippitt House

8) Governor Henry Lippitt House (must see)

The Governor Henry Lippitt House is a National Historic Landmark and a museum that educates visitors about life in Providence during the 19th century. The house was built in 1865 by Russell Warren. It belonged to the Lippitt family for about 114 years until it was donated to the Preserve Rhode Island Society. The house is a beautiful Victorian mansion that is splendidly decorated inside.

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 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
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 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
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 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: 3.8 km
Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 2

Providence Art Galleries Tour, Part 2

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 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.