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Providence & North


Providence Children’s Museum ............... 273-5437

100 South St., Providence

An imaginative hands-on place for kids and families to play, learn, and grow together, with interactive indoor and

outdoor exhibits and creative daily programs. Enjoy the Creativity Initiative, launching this year with interactive new

exhibit spaces and opportunities to create with unique materials and authentic tools in the new Innovation Lab and 

Maker Studio. Explore the whirling ways of water in a wonder-filled water play environment. Experiment with

intriguing puzzles and challenges and investigate the playful power of air, light and sound. Wriggle through tunnels

and a two-story climbing maze in The Children's Garden, discover a whimsical woodland environment for young

children, and MUCH more! Admission is $12; members are free. Open every day from 9 AM – 5 PM and select Fridays

until 8 PM. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Play Every Day!


Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum ............... 453-0688

199 Hope Street on the East Side of Prov.

The Lippitt House is an 1865 Renaissance Revival Mansion. Call for hours of guided tours. 


The Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum ............... 598-2805

315 Harborside Blvd., Providence  

This unique museum has something for every appetite to savor, from a dinner invitation from Thomas Jefferson to a bread ring from Pompeii.  Classes for all.  Closed Monday; Tuesday-Sunday 10-5. 


The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium ............... 785-9457, x221

Roger Williams Park, Elmwood Ave., Providence.  Open year-round, daily, 10-4pm. 


Museum of Work and Culture ............... 769-9675

42 South Main St., Woonsocket

Traces the story of mill workers who came from the farms of Quebec in the last third of the 19th century to work in the shoe and textile factories of New England.  Closed Mon.


RISD Museum of Art ............... 454-6500

224 Benefit Street, Providence

The RISD Museum offers a variety of ways for families to engage with a world class collection of art and design. Please visit us online for schedule of events and activities.


Slater Mill ............... 725-8638

67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket

A National Historic Landmark, the Slater Mill Museum brings textile manufacturing history to life through the voices of its expert interpretive guides.  The Museum includes the Slater Mill (c.1793), the Wilkinson Machine Shop (c.1810), and the Sylvanus Brown House (c.1758) on a 4.5 acre riverside site along the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

   Learn the story of innovation, labor, entrepreneurism, women’s rights, the “cotton economy,” immigration, and New England’s textile industry.  Come, see, touch, learn and be inspired by the unique example of Slater Mill, at the place where the industrial revolution began in America 219 years ago.  Visit website for hours and special events.


East Bay


Audubon Environmental Education Center ............... 245-7500

1401 Hope Street, Bristol

(See info. under Aquariums).


Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame ............... 253-5000

Burnside Street and Rt. 114, Bristol.

See and feel the “Golden Age of Yachting” and trace the history of the world famous Herreshoff Manufacturing Company.  See more than 60 historic yachts, steam engines, fittings, and the Model Room with a rare collection of the half-hulls from which the historic yachts were built.  Step into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.  Open June 16-Sept. 15, daily 10-5, and Apr - June 15, Wed through Sunday, 10-5. Educational programs include field trips, seamanship classes, navigation classes, and sailing lessons.  Yacht charters available (see ad page 135).


The Museum of Yachting ............... 847-7777

Fort Adams State Park, Newport

Enjoy the rich and colorful history of yachting.  Exhibits include Evolution of Marine Engines, the History of the Schooner Coronet (including restoration of Coronet’s interior), America’s Cup Gallery, In-the-Water Yacht Collection, and Gift Shop. Boat building classes.  Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays and Sundays.


National Museum of American Illustration ............... 851-8949

492 Bellevue Ave., Newport


Naval War College Museum ............... 841-2101/841-4052

686 Cushing Rd., Newport

Exhibits on the history of Naval 

Warfare and the Navy in

Narragansett Bay. Free.  Open M-F,

10-4:30, weekends from June to September from 12 to 4:30 pm; closed holidays.  24-hour notice requested before visiting the Museum.

Newport Art Museum ............... 848-8200

76 Bellevue Ave, Newport

The only museum to focus on the finest Rhode Island and regional art – past and present. See art and make art together! Enjoy changing exhibitions, concerts, live theatre, workshops, art classes and special events throughout the year (see ad page 149).


Newport Historical Society Museum ............... 841-8770

127 Thames St., Newport. Located in the 1762 Brick Market building, the Newport Historical Society's Museum provides a family-friendly introduction to the area's rich history and architecture. Glimpse the lives of the people-past and present-who have made Newport one of America's most historic cities. Open daily, the museum is an information center and departure point for guided walking tours. Admission by donation.


West Bay & South County


Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum ............... 294-3001

815 Gilbert Stuart Rd., Saunderstown.  The Gilbert Stuart Museum is an authentically restored and furnished eighteenth century working man’s home, and site of the first snuff mill in America. Gilbert Stuart himself is best known for his portrait of George Washington, and reproductions of his work are displayed. Fishing on Carr Pond, boat rentals (members only), children’s activities, gardens and more. Open May through mid-Oct. Closed Tues. and Wednesdays. 


The General Nathanael Greene Homestead ............... 821-8630

50 Taft St. Coventry

Known as Spell Hall, it was the home of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene from 1770 to 1776, and was owned afterwards by his brother Jacob Greene and his wife Margaret. The house is owned and operated by the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Association, a non-profit organization and was opened as a museum in 1924.  Open Friday, Saturday, and Monday 10-5 and Sun. 1-5, April 1 - Oct 31.


Museum of Primitive Art and Culture ............... 783-5711

1058 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale

Explore the “treasures” of the American Indians, Eskimos, early people of Europe andcontemporary Africa.  Children ages 6 - 10 can discover museum artifacts using a “treasure hunt”. Call for information.  Open Wenesdays, 1 -2 or by appointment.


Quonset Air Museum ............... 294-9540

488 Eccleston Ave., N. Kingstown Dedicated to the preservation of RI’s great military and civil aviation history. Many aircraft are on display and educational programs are available to the public.  Fly-in visitors are welcome. Open June 15-September 30th, daily 10am - 3pm; October 1 - June 14th weekends 10-3.


SeaBee Museum ............... 294-7233

21 Lafrate Way, N. Kingstown

On the grounds of the original US Navy Seabee base, this growing museum documents the growth of the Seabees and the Quonset hut. Exhibits focus on the development of military construction and equipment. From April 1st to October 31st, we are open on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. From November 1st to March 30th, we are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Private tours are available by appointment only.

South County Museum ............... 783-5400

115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett

Hands-on demonstrations, lectures, tours and programs on printing, carpentry, blacksmithing, early transportation, a one-room school, and a living history farm exhibit.  Handicap accessible.  The picnic tables, exercise course, and small farm animals nearby make the museum a lovely place to spend the day.  Call for hours. 


Tomaquag Museum ............... 491-9063

390A Summit Rd., Exeter

Tomaquag Museum is Rhode Island's only Indigenous museum dedicated to sharing Indigenous culture, art and History from a first person perspective.  Though small in size, we features an extensive collection and archive that focuses on tribal communities of Southern New England. Our educators are all members of Indigenous communities and provide interactive exploration of our exhibits, providing personal insights, a safe space for questions and discussion and highlight tours of the exhibits by request. For our younger guests, we have an interactive desk with games and activities, a sensory touch table, and scavenger hunts.  Visit our website for a schedule of our public events, workshops, and lectures as well as our summer Children's Hour schedule.  Admission is $6 for adults; $5 seniors,college students,military and veterans; $3 children ages 5-17; Children under 5 are free. Open Wednesdays from 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, All other days available for private and group tours by appointment with an additional fee.  Wheelchair accessible. 

Warwick Museum of Art ............... 737-0010

3259 Post Rd., Warwick

(See listing under Activities: Art.)


Nearby Massachusetts & Connecticut


Battleship Cove

                    ......... 508-678-1100

                    ........ 800-533-3194 

5 Water St., Box 111, Fall River, MA

The world's largest collection of

historic naval ships -  Battleship Massachusetts, Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Submarine Lionfish and the only restored pair of PT Boats on display in the world. Also, explore Hiddensee, the world's only publicly exhibited Soviet-built missile corvette, and our growing aircraft collection, including the newly acquired Cobra AH-1 Attack Helicopter. Battleship Cove serves as the Bay State's official memorial to WWII and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars and September 11th victims. Open year-round.


EcoTarium ............... 508-929-2700

222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. About an hour from Providence.


Lizzie Borden Museum ............... 508-675-7333

230 Second St., Fall River, MA

Guided tours of this home that was the site of one of the most famous unsolved murders - includes the history of Fall River in 1892. View the murder scene and spend a night (if you dare!) in the actual house where the murders took place. Guests are treated to a breakfast similar to the one the Bordens ate on the morning of the murders. In summer, tours are daily 11-3.


The Marine Museum ............... 508-674-3533

70 Water St., Fall River, MA

(just 1/2 mi off Rt. 195 in

Battleship Cove) See exhibits on the R.M.S. Titanic, Andrea Doria, Fall River Line, and H.M.S. Bounty. Lectures, school and group programs available. Gift shop.


The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research

Center .............. 1-800-411-9671

110 Pequot Trail,  Mashantucket, CT.

Feel the cold as your family descends deep into an Ice Age glacier and then witnesses the drama of a prehistoric caribou hunt. Enter a life-size, 16th century Pequot village and follow in the footsteps of an ancient people whose story lives on today. Experience all this in an

award-winning, interactive environment that stimulates the senses,

captures the imagination, and stirs the spirit with the history of

Native American culture. Don't miss the 18-story observation tower.

Restaurant and gift shop onsite. Handicap accessible. See it with your eyes, feel it in your heart!    


New Bedford Whaling Museum ............... 508-997-0046

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.

Dive into the story of human interaction with whales in the world's oceans, the science of whales today, and the history of SouthCoast Massachusetts. Marvel at massive whale skeletons, explore new exhibits on whale biology, behavior, and conservation, and climb aboard the world’s largest ship model, the Lagoda. Special events and programs throughout the year feature science you can touch and try; history you can see, try on, and board! Your admission is good for two consecutive days.


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