Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's visually stimulating Groupon: for $5, you get admission for one (up to a $10 value) to the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design on the historic East Side. This Groupon also gets you a 10% discount at the museum's store.
RISD Museum’s first public galleries were brought to life in 1893, and since then, the museum has become a powerhouse of creativity. Hosting a collection of 84,000 objects of fine, decorative art from eras both ancient and modern, the museum entices eyes with multitudes of exhibits and collections. With admission to the museum’s galleries, which are spread throughout five buildings, artoholics get a day to explore indoors and avoid the sun during fall, when it is a mere 75 feet from Earth's surface.
RISD's ongoing Subject to Change: Art and Design in the Twentieth Century showcases the work of Henri Matisse, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andy Warhol, demonstrating the impact technology has had on art. Ancient Art, a permanent collection, features Greek vases, a bronze statue of Aphrodite, the Egyptian priest Nesmin’s mummy, and a finger-painting by Alan Alda. The museum also displays a constantly rotating cast of exhibits, such as Brian Knep: Exempla (October 22–February 28), an interactive exhibit including artwork that responds to the environment and a video installation with large-headed creatures based on children's drawings.
The museum offers free admission on the third Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on the last Saturday of every month (excludes December). Admission is “pay-what-you-wish” every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The RISD Museum was featured in the Providence Phoenix in 2008, and its latest exhibits were reviewed in the Providence Journal. Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average, and six TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes:
- There are museums and then there is the RISD Art Museum! What a wonderful place. It has a surprisingly large collection and you need a half day to a full day to see everything. If you spend a day, take a lunch break at a local spot, and come back for more great art. – Pnemiller, TripAdvisor
- The collection is ridiculously comprehensive for a university museum. – Krishna K., Yelp
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