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Visit as a Student

Sketching in the Galleries

Pencils only in the galleries; markers and pens are not permitted. Easels are not permitted without advance planning.

Wet-Media Copying (RISD students only)

RISD students may use wet media to copy works of art in the galleries. Permission must be requested at least three weeks in advance. Copying can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 am to 4:45 pm. Some objects may not be copied because of location and/or copyright restrictions. Acceptable media include gouache, acrylic paint, and watercolor. The Museum has a limited number of easels; students may not bring their own easels.


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 one week in advance. Video and film projects can sometimes be accommodated in the galleries. Those interested in filming and/or using a tripod or monopod may apply for permission. No photography (still or video) may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum. For example, if you plan to publish your work on a website, you will need to complete a contract. Read the guidelines and contact us for more information.

Projects and Programs

Student projects can be accommodated in the galleries in consultation with Museum staff. Submit an application at least one month in advance. Successful proposals focus on objects in and connections to the Museum’s collection.


Costume and Textiles Collection
Radeke Building, 6th floor, Donghia Study Center
The Costume and Textiles collection is open Fridays during fall and spring semesters from 11 am to 1 pm to students, faculty, and researchers for guided research and orientation to the department’s holdings. During this time, visitors can view objects upon request and learn about the collection. For curatorial guidance or to request to view specific items, please email.

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Collection
Chace Center, 4th floor, Siskind Center / Minskoff Center
The Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection is open to students, faculty, and researchers to study prints, drawings, and photographs of their choice. Opportunities to closely view works on paper, many of which can be seen unframed. Open Wednesdays and Fridays, fall and spring semesters, 10 am to 12:30 pm or by appointment.