RIHS Sites


John Brown House

52 Power Street, Providence

Tuesday-Friday: 1pm – 4pm; Saturdays: 10am – 4pm

Let us bring Rhode Island’s long and fascinating history to life for your students at the John Brown House Museum. The John Brown house was built in 1788 for merchant, patriot, politician, and slave trader John Brown. He and his family were some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the state. In fact, Brown University was named for John Brown’s nephew, industrialist and philanthropist Nicholas Brown. Walk through this house in the steps of famous figures like George Washington and Abigail Adams, as well as the people who lived and worked in this space making this house a home, confronting the issues of the day in the new nation.

Museum of Work & Culture

42 South Main Street, Woonsocket

Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am – 4pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 1pm-4pm

Dedicated to sharing the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns, the Museum of Work & Culture’s exhibits allow visitors to imagine themselves in the position of these industrious immigrants. Whether it is the journey from a nineteenth-century farmhouse to the floor of a textile mill or becoming immersed in early twentieth century culture in a triple-decker parlor, parochial classroom, or union hall, the Museum is sure to bring history to life for visitors of all ages.

Robinson Research Center

121 Hope Street, Providence

Wednesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm

At the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center (RRC), visitors can gain valuable experience working with RIHS’s vast collection of printed items, manuscripts and graphics. They can read through the original diaries written by RI residents or examine old pictures of RI to see firsthand the dramatic changes in the state’s skyline. As visitors use RIHS collection, they will not only  learn strategies for researching in archives and handling primary sources, but also develop a deeper connection to their local history.