Rhode Island Museums
If Rhode Islandís fantastic beaches and
other outdoor parks werenít enough for you
or you simply to learn more about Rhode
Islandís history then you would surely have
a blast checking out the numerous museums
that Rhode Island has to offer.
If youíre a history buff and love seeing
exhibits on artifacts and architecture
preserved from times past, then the Bristol
Historical and Preservation Society Museum
in Old Town Road might be the place for you!
Every room in this historic site looks back
at Bristolís 300 year history. Group tours
for this museum are available by
The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is also a must visit if you
the old world charm of English gardens and Manor houses. Blithewold boasts of
being the most exquisite garden estate in New England. Blithewold is in Ferry
The gardens are open all year round, but the
mansion opens on April 16 through Columbus
day and most Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Also in Bristol is the Haffenreffer Museum
of Anthropology. Located in Tower Street,
this Museum is part of the Brown University
and its main focus is the culture and arts
of the African, Oceanic, Native American and
Southeast Asian societies all throughout
history. The museum is open from June until
Bristol isnít the only place filled with
lots of interesting museums. Newport has its
share of museums too. One of which is the
Museum of Newport History in Thames Street.
This museums bring Newportís history to life
with its audio-visual programs, historic
photographs, brilliant paintings and a lot
more interesting artifacts. The museum is
opened from Mid-June to September and is
closed from Christmas to Mid-April.
Another interesting museum located in
Newport is the National Museum of American
Illustration which is located in Vernon
Court at Bellevue Avenue. The Museum
exhibits original illustrations from the
golden age of American illustration.
Exhibits includes those of artists, Maxfield
Parrish, N.C Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and 75
other artists in its collection. The museum
is open all year round but be sure to
reserve early for museum tours.
In Providence, you will find the Museum of
National History and Cormack Planetarium.
Located in Elmwood Avenue, the museum is the
only natural history museum in Rhode Island
and is home to the only planetarium in the
state. The museum has regular events and
exhibits and the planetarium has a Zeiss
star projector that projects images of the
stars on a domed ceiling. This museum is
Still in Providence, The Museum of Art at
Rhode Island School of Design located in
Benefit street has exhibits featuring art
from Rome and Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt,
19th Century American Decorative Art, 18th
Century Europe, and The Middle Ages. The
museum is open from Tuesday to Friday.
Rhode Island has plenty of museums located
throughout its entirety. A good idea is to
ask the locals about their favorites. You
never know, you just might discover Rhode
Islandís hidden gem of a museum.