Founded in the same year as the school, the RISD
Museum has one of the country’s finest collections of
art from across many cultures, time periods, and media,
from ancient Egyptian artifacts and early American
decorative arts to French Impressionist paintings and
cutting edge film and video. The museum supports
the school’s original focus on industrial arts education
in many forms from textiles to jewelry design.
The museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions, broad
educational outreach, and extensive public programs
continue to form the foundation of a thriving creative
culture in Providence.