Museum of Art: Visiting, Research and Collaboration

The RISD Museum was founded simultaneously with the School of Design, and today houses over 84,000 work of art.  Ranging in date from 3500 BCE to the present, the collection includes painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, costume, silver, ceramics and furniture.  Highlights of the collection are on exhibit in the Museum’s historic buildings, including Pendleton House, the first museum wing in the country devoted to American Decorative Arts.  The Museum hosts approximately a dozen special exhibitions per year, and programs educational activities for students and for the regional community.

The Museum is free to faculty and students with identification card, and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (10am to 9pm on Gallery Night, third Thursday of every month); closed New Year’s Day, July 4th, and the month of August.

Museum of Art: Visiting, Research and Collaboration Deborah Wilde, Associate Educator, Academic Programs


RISD faculty, staff, and students receive membership benefits including free admission to the Museum of Art and invitations to special openings and programs. The Museum welcomes faculty and students to teach and conduct research directly from the objects in its collection and the proposal of collaborative programming and projects. To schedule a class visit to the galleries, arrange to see objects not on view, or schedule a research appointment, please call or write Deborah Wilde .

Study Collections

Costume and Textiles Collection
Farago Building, 2nd floor
Open Fridays, fall and spring semesters, and Wintersession, 10am-12pm

The Costume and Textiles Collection is open to RISD students and faculty without an appointment for guided research and orientation. During this time visitors will be able to view objects and learn about the collection. Specific items can be requested for research.

Siskind Center for Photography
Minskoff Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Chace Building, 4th floor

Open Wednesdays and Fridays, fall and spring semesters, 10am-12:30pm or by appointment 401-454-6675

The Siskind Center is open to students, faculty, and researchers to study prints, drawings and photographs of their choice. It is an excellent opportunity to closely view works on paper, most of which can be seen unframed in this setting.

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