The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design—also known as the RISD Museum—is the state’s leading museum of art and design. Founded in 1877 as part of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Museum houses about 100,000 objects—ranging from ancient art to new work by contemporary artists from across the globe. Highlights include Impressionist paintings, 20th- and 21st-century design, Gorham silver, Newport furniture, an ancient Egyptian
mummy, and a 12th-century Buddha—the largest historic Japanese wooden sculpture in the United States. Artists
represented include major figures in the history of visual art and culture, including Cézanne, Chanel, Copley, Degas, Hirst, Homer, LeWitt, Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, Twombly, van Gogh, and Warhol—to name a few.
The RISD Museum presents special exhibitions throughout the year, along with public programs and events for all
ages—inspiring lifelong relationships with art and design.