The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, is commonly referred to as the RISD Museum. With a collection of 84,000 pieces of art, RISD Museum is the leading museum of fine and decorative art in Rhode Island. The museum is a complex of public galleries spread among five buildings, the first of which opened in 1893. The museum’s collection is categorized by ancient, Asian, decorative and contemporary art; costume/textiles; painting and sculpture; and prints, drawings and photographs. The museum also hosts a variety of special exhibits throughout the year. Other arts programs open to the public include lectures, workshops, gallery talks and tours. The RISD Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Looking for a modern facility in the heart of downtown Providence to host a large scale event? The Rhode Island Convention Center features more than 137,000 square feet of exhibit and flexible space, 23 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall measuring 100,000 square feet, and a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. The center can accommodate up to 9,000 people. In addition to its stunning glass-walled design, facilities at the convention center are top-of-the-line and fully equipped with the highest technological amenities. Full-service, in-house catering services are available for everything from continental breakfasts and coffee breaks to formal, seated banquets. Rhode Island Convention Center is a non-smoking facility. Garage parking is available. Rhode Island Convention Center is located adjacent to Providence Place mall, restaurants and a variety of hotel lodging.