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Rhode Island’s Rich History Is Showcased In Its Museums

The long and fascinating history of Rhode Island is preserved in its museums, which honor the state’s cultures, art, and achievements.

Newport is home to the Newport Car Museum, which houses Italian supercars. Pawtucket is where you’ll find the state’s Music Hall of Fame. In Wakefield, visit the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, which is an ethnological collection of weapons, tools, and utensils. In Providence, stop by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

The Ocean State’s rich cultural heritage is on display at Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture. In Pawtucket you’ll find the Slater Mill, which houses a 19th century machine shop. Lincoln has a museum dedicated to intermodal transportation – the Captain Wilbur Kelly House.

John Waterman Arnold House

There are many ways you can enjoy a stay in Warwick, the charming and pleasant coastal Rhode Island city. It's just inland from the Greenwich Bay, meaning aquatic adventures are easy for the choosing, and it's also home to a wealth of history – don't miss a tour of the impressive John Waterman Arnold House.

Operated by the Warwick Historical Society, the John Waterman Arnold House is an 18th century home and now a museum. The John Waterman Arnold House features an impressive variety of artifacts, records, and more – all from the era. John Waterman Arnold was a carpenter and a colonel in the Warwick Militia – most of the artifacts within the house pertain to his life.

Museum of Natural History & Planetarium

Your next visit to Rhode Island should be met with fun-filled days exploring the areas in and around Providence. From the wide range of historic sties, to the edifying adventures found at some of the best educational destinations around – Rhode Island never disappoints.

One of the premier destinations in the area, especially for those traveling with kids, is the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. You can find this site directly north of Warwick along Interstate 95 within the Roger Williams Park. Founded in 1896, this museum is named for Roger Williams, the founder of Providence.

Museum of Yachting

Your next stay in Rhode Island should be met with a tour of the Museum of Yachting. While Rhode Island offers visitors and locals a wide range of things to see and do, its proximity to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean open a whole world of possibilities not seen in most other states. One of those is the Museum of Yachting.

Make your way to Newport and you'll find this museum just inland of the Brenton Cove, neatly situated along Thames Street and Howard Wharf – an easy drive in from Warwick. Opened in 1979, this museum is dedicated to the sport and lifestyle of yachting. In 2007 it merged forces with the International Yacht Restoration School.

New England Wireless & Steam Museum

Make the most of your next stay in Rhode Island with a day spent exploring the New England Wireless & Steam Museum. Found in East Greenwich, the New England Wireless & Steam Museum is a wonderful destination to take the kids. It explores the world of electrical and mechanical engineering, and how it all pertains to the West Greenwich area.

You can find the New England Wireless & Steam Museum just west of State Route 4 along Frenchtown Road. Established in 1964, the New England Wireless & Steam Museum often hosts groups of students on field trips, and is ideal for an afternoon of edifying adventures.

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

The Capital city of Providence is filled with a wonderful variety of cultural centers. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, located in the historic east side area of Providence, features the twentieth largest collection of art in America.

This wonderful museum, consisting of five buildings, was established in 1877 to promote public art education and career training. The museum remains the primary art museum, not only for Rhode Island, but for the southeast region of New England.

Be sure to schedule plenty of time to view the collection of 84,000 objects throughout the entire museum. This incredible museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Visitors stroll through this expansive museum to see the Ancient Art, Asian Art, Contemporary Arts, Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts, Paintings and Sculptures, Prints, Photographs and Drawings. Enjoy your time in the Capital City with a stay in Warwick.

Warwick Museum of Art

Make the most of your next trek through Rhode Island with a tour of the Warwick Museum of Art. While the Ocean State has a wide variety of things to see and do, a historical sight-seeing tour of this museum might just rank near the top. And while Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US, it doesn't lack in exciting, must-visit sites.

You can find the Warwick Museum of Art on Post Road, between Colonial Avenue and Greenwich Avenue, just west of downtown Warwick. Be sure to plan your visit accordingly, though, as the WMOA is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. There are nominal admission fees, and guided tours available – what better way to learn about Warwick and coastal Rhode Island.