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John Brown House Museum

Indoor $
History Museums, Cultural Museums, Educational, Cultural, Historical
52 Power St, Providence, RI
URL: John Brown House Museum  Phone: 401-273-7507

Activity Overview

Don't miss the first mansion built in Rhode Island, constructed in 1768 by John Brown, a merchant, statesman, slave trader, and former owner and early benefactor of Brown University. Declared a national landmark in 1968, the home still has many of its 18th-century artwork and furnishings.

Described by John Quincy Adams as, "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent," the estate was donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1942, when it's original colonial decor was restored.

Things to Do

  • Marvel at such antique heirlooms as a carriage, piano, china and one of the nation's first refrigerators and ice boxes.
  • Learn from the home's slave trade exhibit.

John Brown House Museum Insider Tips

  • Guided tours available at several times throughout the day.
  • Free Museum parking available in a lot off Charlesfield Street.
  • Open Friday and Saturday only, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from December 1st through March 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible on only the first floor.

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