20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI 02903

Open today

For Faculty

Teach directly from art and design from ancient times to the present day. Study the Museum as an institution and use it as laboratory to explore issues and ideas. Use the collection to support your research or collaborate with Museum colleagues. Support student projects.

Teach in the Museum

Self-guided class visits should be scheduled before the semester begins or no later than three weeks into the semester to assure a comfortable learning experience undisturbed by other group visits.

Access to objects not on view must be scheduled before the semester begins or not later than three weeks into the semester. Class accommodations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity is limited. Please provide the artist, title, and the accession number of the object you wish to view.

Courses focusing primarily on the Museum’s collections or special exhibitions should be planned the semester before in collaboration with Museum staff.  To facilitate planning, please be prepared to provide the course syllabus.

When visiting as a class

  • Backpacks and large bags must be placed in lockers to protect works of art from inadvertent damage.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries, classrooms, or storage areas.
  • Only pencils are allowed in the galleries.


Costume and Textiles Collection

Farago Building, 2nd floor
The Costume and Textiles Collection is open Fridays during fall and spring semesters from 11 am–1 pm to students, faculty, and researchers for guided research and orientation to the department’s holdings. During this time visitors will be able to view objects upon request and learn about the collection. For specific item requests and curatorial guidance, please consult the curatorial staff prior to visiting during open hours.

Siskind Center

Minskoff Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Chace Building, 4th floor
The Siskind Center is open to students and faculty to study prints, drawings and photographs of their choice. It provides an opportunity to view closely works on paper, many of which can be seen unframed in this setting.  Open Wednesdays and Fridays, fall and spring semesters, 10 am–12:30 pm, or by appointment.