Culinary Arts Museum

#8 in Best Things To Do in Providence
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315 Harborside Boulevard

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Everyone from culinary geniuses to PB&J novices can find something to suit their taste buds in this museum. Situated on the Johnson & Wales University campus occupying 25,000 square feet of space, the Culinary Arts Museum serves as a window into the gastronomic past. Exhibits cover a wide variety of culinary topics, showcasing everything from vintage cookbooks and ancient prep tools to curious kitchen gadgetry and even an homage to the chefs who served U.S. presidents.

Past visitors said the museum, though niche, was interesting and a great way to spend a few hours. Though some reviewers griped about the museum's location (about 3 miles south of downtown Providence), others enjoyed that the facility sits on the Johnson & Wales University campus.

You'll find the Culinary Arts Museum on Harborside Boulevard on the Johnson & Wales University campus. Travelers said the easiest way to reach the museum is by car, but you can also take the Route 3/Warwick Ave. Bus Outbound if you don't have your own set of wheels. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $4 for college students and $3 for children ages 5 through 18. Check out the museum's website for more information.

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This hidden gem's five buildings are clustered on the south side of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) campus. Inside, more than 91,000 works of art are on display, including pieces by Monet, Degas and other impressionists, along with sizeable Medieval and Gothic collections.

Recent visitors were most impressed with the range of the museum's collection and the various mediums represented. Reviewers also praised its size, saying it was manageable and easy to explore within a few hours (though culture hounds will likely want to spend half a day, say travelers). Though most found the admission price to be reasonable, they also suggested scheduling your museum visit for Sunday when entrance fees are waived.

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