“Being a college town itself, Providence is a great destination for students to experience,” says Christina Robbio, director of communications for the Providence Warwick CVB. “The abundance of history, culture, food, and art make Providence a fun and educational place to visit.”
She says one of the city’s top attractions for school groups is the museum at the Rhode Island School of Design. The university, which was founded in 1877 as a private art and design college, welcomes creative types to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
At the museum, works by current students are on display alongside pieces from renowned painters and sculptors that represent different cultures from several eras. During a visit, school groups can see this diversity as they tour the permanent collection and view special traveling exhibits.
Museum educators work with teachers regarding specific themes for tours or in-depth programs. Gallery discussions and art-making workshops in the design lab are popular for teens.
College students can request access to objects not on view through one of the museum’s two dedicated study centers. The Costume and Textiles collection and the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs collection offer weekly open hours to view objects and learn about the collection with curatorial guidance.
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Top photo: Guided tour at the RISD Museum
Photo by RISD Museum, Providence, RI