100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

RISD Museum

Location: Providence

2013 Exhibitions: Grisogorious Places: Edward Lear's Travels (September 14 - May 19), Everyday Things: Contemporary Works from the Collection (April 13 - February 24)

Back in 1877, the the Rhode Island Women's Centennial Commission had the option of founding a school of design or erecting a water fountain. Thankfully, they voted to establish the Rhode Island School of Design. The school's collection grew into a separate museum, with great strengths in American paintings and decorative arts. In addition to seeing their top-notch displays of furniture, silver, and ceramics, you'll soon be able to scope out their renovated galleries, which include new spaces for artwork ranging from Roman antiquities to digital media. Chances are good that you'll even be able to catch a RISD star on the rise.

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