RISD Museum and RISD WORKS Hours
Tuesdays–Sundays, 10 am-5 pm
Extended Evening Hours
Third Thursday of each month, open until 9 pm
Café Pearl is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 7:30 am to 4 pm, with extended evening hours on the third Thursday of every month.
The RISD Museum and Café Pearl are closed Mondays, and January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24-25.
RISD WORKS is is closed Mondays, and January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
The Museum’s 5th floor will be undergoing renovations beginning October 11. Artworks from the European galleries will be relocated throughout the Museum and access may be restricted at times. The Ancient Greek and Roman Galleries and first floor of Pendleton House will not be wheelchair accessible. Learn more.
Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).
The RISD Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families. Learn more.
Our map allows you to navigate through the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions.
Both Museum entrances and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. The Museum has one wheelchair for visitor use at each entrance. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Service dogs are welcome in the Museum. For more information, call 401 709 8402 (RI Relay for the hearing impaired: 800 745 5555 TTY) before your visit.
As you explore the galleries, use your mobile device to access our new audio program featuring more than 100 artists, scholars, designers, and students offering perspectives on objects. Make selections at RISDMUSEUM.ORG/CHANNEL.
Coatrooms and Bags
No bags or articles of any kind larger than 11” x 15” will be allowed in the Museum. Coatrooms with lockers are available at both entrances. The maximum size for locker storage is 23” x 17” x 15”. Backpacks meeting the size criteria for entry must be carried by hand or worn on one shoulder to the owner’s side or front. Umbrellas longer than 15” must be checked in the coatroom.
Shopping and Eating
RISD WORKS, located in the Chace lobby, features wares designed or made by RISD alumni or faculty, including merchandise supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and collection. Our new Café Pearl, just inside the Benefit Street entrance, offers a menu of coffee-based beverages and light fare from Providence-based bakeries, and their own in-house creations. (No food or drink, including water, is allowed in the galleries.)
Strollers are permitted; please use elevators when traveling between the floors. The Museum has two strollers for visitor use, available at the North Main Street or Benefit Street entrances. Backpack child carriers are not allowed.
Except where specifically prohibited, still photography without tripod/monopod for personal and educational use is allowed in Museum galleries. No flash photography is allowed. Tripod and monopod use is by special permission only; please apply for permission at least two weeks in advance. Video and film projects can sometimes be accommodated in the galleries. No photography (still or video) may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum. Read the guidelines for more information. Journalists: Please visit the RISD Museum Press Office for information specific to media use.
Sketching in the Galleries
Pencils only in the galleries; markers and pens are not permitted. RISD students interested in copying works in wet media should consult these guidelines.
The Radeke Garden
The Radeke Garden is open seasonally, from April to November. It is closed for inclement weather.
The RISD Museum is a unique setting for your event. Companies or associations may rent spaces in the Museum for receptions, dinners, and meetings. See the Event Rental page for more information.