Delve into research, gain professional practice, or realize your creative vision.
The museum will be closed through March 1, 2021, reopening to the RISD community on March 2, 2021. Learn more about when and how you can visit and the extra safety guidelines being implemented.
You are welcome to explore art and ideas in the galleries. Pencils and sketchbooks are always welcome.
RISD students can apply for the Dorner Prize, an annual installation competition.
In the future, we’re excited to welcome students back to paint, photograph, or film in the galleries. Learn more about opportunities and guidelines.
Visit the galleries for brief moments or extended experiences. Café Pearl provides coffee and snacks to refuel in-house (temporarily closed).
Many area colleges and universities are members of the RISD Museum. Free admission is available to the students, faculty and staff of those institutions.
Research and Inspiration
The museum’s collection of art and design from ancient times to the present day is available online. Browse images and data, past and present exhibitions, and related publications. Collection records are living documents and yours to access 24/7.
Meet one-on-one with staff to discuss objects and ideas. Sign up for weekly open hours and office hours online.
Get behind the scenes with summer internships, THAD fellowships, graduate assistantships, or other pre-professional opportunities. Check with RISD student employment for open work-study positions for RISD students.
Join the Museum Guild, a group of undergraduate students from local colleges and universities who are advocates and ambassadors for the RISD Museum and interpreters of its collection and exhibitions.
Have your own idea? Apply to perform or develop a public program or event in collaboration with museum staff.