Museums in Cranston

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum (50% Off)

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Nantucket

$12 $6

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Explore famous shipwrecks and rescue attempts, learn about life-saving tools and techniques, and celebrate the bravery of locals

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Work and Culture (Up to 48% Off)

Museum of Work and Culture

Woonsocket

$16 $10

Nine walk-through exhibits share the stories of the immigrants who traveled to Rhode Island in the late 19th century in search of prosperity

$55 for a Newport Mansions Family Membership from Preservation Society of Newport County ($90 Value)

Preservation Society of Newport County

Multiple Locations

$90 $55

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Take the household on tours of the historic mansions of some of the nation's most important families with year-long museum membership

Admission for Two or Four to the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport (Up to Half Off)

National Museum of American Illustration

Newport

$36 $18

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Housed in a French chateau–style mansion, the museum showcases the work of 145 American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell

General Admission for 2, 4, 6, or 10 to The New Bedford Museum of Glass (Up to 60% Off)

The New Bedford Museum of Glass

New Bedford

$10 $5

Permanent collections and rotating exhibits showcase around 7,000 pieces of glass art spanning more than 3,000 years of worldwide history

Fuller Craft Museum Visit for Two, Guided Tour for Four, or Annual Membership for One (Up to 50% Off)

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

$16 $10

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Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

Worcester Historical Museum Visit for Four, Six, or Eight (50% Off)

Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum

$20 $10

Library with 7,000 titles and exhibits with items such as Civil War–era diaries and colonial weapons highlight Worcester history

Museum Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four at The Jenney Museum (Up to 53% Off)

The Jenney Museum

Plymouth

$36 $18

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Local historian and guide leads walking tour that includes views of Plymouth Rock and the historical town square

$37 for One-Year Membership for Two Children to Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum ($75 Value)

Our World Children's Global Discovery Museum

Cohasset

$75 $37

Kids ages 1 to 6 explore educationally-themed playsets and touchable exhibits

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A visit to the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium will take you on a journey to discover the world around you and beyond. Open since 1896, the museum houses natural history and cultural collections, from local sources and from around the world. Aside from the main exhibits and housing the state's only public planetarium, the museum features programs as well as scientific and cultural events aimed at children, adults, families, and scouts, thus living up to its reputation as "The People's University."

1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence,
RI
US

The Rhode Island Historical Society collects and displays artifacts from Rhode Island's past. In the Museum of Work & Culture, exhibits tell the story of the people in 19th- and 20th-century mill towns who valued work and enterprise so much that they never wasted an entire afternoon on Wikipedia. The society also maintains the 18th-century John Brown House Museum and hosts walking tours following in the footsteps of authors Jane Jacobs and H.P. Lovecraft.

52 Power St
Providence,
RI
US

A living-history farm dating to 1799, Coggeshall Farm Museum brings Bristol’s agrarian past into the present by providing a faithful depiction of farm life during the period between the Revolutionary War and the Industrial Revolution. Staffed by trained actors in period dress, the museum provides rare insight into the lives of traditional coastal tenant farmers as workers demonstrate everyday chores of yesteryear such as tilling the land or applying wax to the land's moustache. Hands-on activities and workshops encourage patrons to get a feel for farm work and include lessons in Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking. The farm's historic structures are meticulously maintained via period-accurate restorations, allowing them to keep proud watch over the expansive grounds where heirloom plants and native animals thrive amid 48 acres of woodland, fields, and salt marsh.Farm activities are open to the public on Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1 Colt Dr
Bristol,
RI
US

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, immigrants flocked to Rhode Island in search of work and prosperity within the state's mill towns. Their labors?both on and off the factory floor?helped define the culture of the Blackstone Valley. Today, the Museum of Work and Culture preserves their stories for future generations.

  • Size: nine walk-through exhibits peppered with media presentations and displays of historic photographs
  • Eye Catcher: a 19th-century farmhouse that depicts the unsustainable nature of life in rural Qu?bec
  • Permanent Exhibits: the School Room, Triple Decker, Going to Work, ITU Hall, and the Mill Floor, which shows how textile workers labored in factories during the early 20th century
  • Visiting Exhibit: the locally shot Half Pint, a film that educates children about D-Day
  • Don't Miss: the Treasury of Life, a giant bank vault where safe deposit boxes hold photographs and family heirlooms accessible only by authorized family members
42 S Main St.
Woonsocket,
RI
US

The splendor of the Gilded Age emanates from Vernon Court, a turn-of-the-century French chateau?style mansion outfitted with marbled columns, a spiral staircase, and sunken gardens. But inside the building is another kind of treasure: the National Museum of American Illustration, which houses some of the country?s most revered illustrated works.

Hanging on the museum?s walls are original paintings and drawings from 145 renowned American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, all created between 1895 and 1945. Maxfield Parrish was known best for his book illustrations, filled with a particular shade of intense cobalt that became known as Parrish Blue. His whimsical paintings feature fairytale characters, such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, amid fantastic settings, such as lush gardens or neon-lit dance parties. Norman Rockwell?s iconic paintings, meanwhile, told stories of everyday life, some humorous and others heartwarming, appearing in the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines.

492 Bellevue Ave.
Newport,
RI
US

Since 2007, the Newport Antiques Show has culled some of the most elegant and important Americana antiques for its massive annual shows. Show manager Diana H. Bittel, a distinguished antiques dealer in her own right, carefully selects the dealers to be featured, eventually inviting a lucky 40 to showcase their wares. With paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind pieces, antiques aficionados are sure to find an item that complements their home decor, appeals to their sense of history, or gives them a convenient shortcut to Narnia. The show also gives back by benefiting the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

127 Thames St
Newport,
RI
US