Visiting Archaeological Sites & Museums in Rhode Island

Archaeology Museums in Rhode Island

Museum of Primitive Art and Culture

Upper Palaeolithic stone and bone artefacts from France, in the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, Rhode Island. Founded in 1892, the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture now has a collection of over 15,000 archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from all around the World. A significant feature of this collection is the collection of objects from North America. Most major cultural groups are represented in the museum, from prehistoric artefacts excavated in Rhode Island to an Inuit kayak, woodsplint baskets from New England to clothing of Plains Indians. Besides local stone tools, the museum also has Palaeolithic stone and bone artefacts from France (photographed here) and a two million year old stone chopper from Olduvai Gorge in east Africa. [Website]


RISD Museum

Entrance to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence RI. Attached to the Rhode Island School of Design, the RISD Museum has over 100,000 works of art and design from around the World. The range of artefacts spans thousands of years, archaeological artefacts from earliest times in Asia and Europe to a vast and varied collection of European and American contemporary art. Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian artefacts make up the Ancient Art collection – the highlight of which is a beautifully decorated coffin. The Asian collection spans 5,000 years, celebrating Turkish and Persian traditions in the west and Buddhist Chinese and Japanese traditions in the east. [Website]


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