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Free Things to Do in Providence, RI

The Providence Children's Museum has a wide range of play-friendly and excellently educational exhibits. Take advantage of Metlife Family Friday when the museum is free from 5-8 p.m (June - August every Friday). Learn More ›

The RISD Museum features a stunning collection of art and exhibitions, ranging from the masters to contemporary creators. Admission is free for RISD Museum Members and children under 5. The museum is also free Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn More ›

Gallery Night
Gallery Night

Experience the art-filled wonder of the city's exciting art scene. Enjoy Gallery Night on the third Thursday of the month as a free bus loops throughout the city and stops at participating galleries, art shops and museums, all offering free admission.

Experience Rhode Island's only natural history museum and planetarium, including a variety of exhibitions and activities for parents and children to enjoy together. Museum admission is $2 (free for children under 4 years old). Providence residents can visit for free on the first Saturday of every month. Learn More ›

State House
Rhode Island State House

The State House is the active seat of Rhode Island's government, but there's more than governing going on in these halls. The impressive building was designed by architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, which also designed many of the Newport Mansions. Visiting the State House is free. Open Monday–Friday (closed on holidays). Free one hour tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Self-guided tours from the library are until 4:30 p.m.

A lot of history is crammed into this mile-long cobblestone street on the East Side of Providence. In fact, Benefit Street has one of the highest concentrations of Colonial buildings in the country. Admiring the architecture on your own or with friends is free. Learn More ›

Providence Athenaeum
Providence Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a unique, independent, member-supported library and cultural center open to the public. Located off of historic Benefit Street, the library offers varied public programming for all ages, which enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of the community. The Athenaeum is free to visit and admission to its programs is free.

Providence Public Library welcomes the public to take a free guided architectural tour of this historic building at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Visitors for the tour should come to the Library's 225 Washington Street entrance. Tours are approximately one-hour long. Click here for more information. Learn More ›

At the Botanical Center, visitors can relax by a waterfall, enjoy the wonderful fragrance of flowers from around the world, take a child on a scavenger hunt or bring a camera or sketch pad. Admission: Adults: $5, Children 6-12: $2, Children under 6: Free, Military & Seniors $2 Learn More ›

John Brown became wealthy from his family’s shipping business, which included privateering, the Triangular Slave Trade and the China Trade. This luxurious house, now operating as a museum, played host to presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams. RI Historical Society Members and children under 10 can visit for free. Adult tickets are $10, while children aged 10-17 are $6. Senior, veteran and student admittance is $8. Learn More ›

Since 2012, The Avenue Concept has produced more than 200 artworks in partnership with 180 artists and communities, dramatically changing the look, feel, and engagement with the Providence cityscape. Download the PocketSights app and take a walking tour of Downtown Public Art. Learn More ›

Providence's signature event, WaterFire, features a series of nearly 100 bonfires crackling just above the surface of the three rivers that run through the city. Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of this spectacular event. Learn More ›