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John Brown House Museum

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John Brown House Museum in Providence

Hop on the Providence Marriott's complimentary shuttle to one of America's grandest mansions and the most significant 18th-century house in Rhode Island, the John Brown House Museum highlights the social and cultural history of Providence and early America. Located on College Hill, adjacent to Brown University, the house is named after the original owner, John Brown, who was a merchant, patriot, statesman and early benefactor of the university. Declared a National Historic Landmark, this magnificent and elegant mansion has been restored to its colonial décor and contains many original furniture pieces from the Brown family estate and beautiful artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries.


Hours -

Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Prices -

Adults - $10; Seniors & Students - $8; Children (7-17) - $6


  • Concerts Under the Elms
  • Historic Programs


  • Guided Tours
  • Audio Tours
  • Summer Concerts
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Walking Tours

Guided & Audio Tours

The John Brown House Museum offers guided tours and audio walking tours, twice a day. The Rhode Island Historical Society also offers walking tours of the storied streets of Providence, with stops at the museum and other historic sites.

Museum Exhibits & Activities

John Brown House Museum is a magnificent mansion, where you can see original colonial furniture and 18th and 19th century artwork. Follow the Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally in the beautiful gallery and hear stories of Rhode Island's history through the people who lived at the most elegant mansion in Providence. Enjoy Concerts Under the Elms, an annual summer concert series on Thursdays, on the grassy lawn of the John Brown House Museum.


  • What is the history of the John Brown House?

    Built in 1788, the house was the home of John Brown, a businessman, patriot, politician, and pioneer who participated in the debates that shaped the new nation and the world. A National Historic landmark, this spectacular 18th century mansion was also the home of John Brown's daughters and their families and Rhode Island industrialist and banker Marsden J. Perry. It is said that George Washington once visited for tea.
  • Is there parking?

    Yes. There is free museum parking in a lot off Charlesfield Street, which runs parallel to Power Street on the other side of the house. The entrance to the parking lot is an easy walk from the museum. It’s a stunning 20 minute walk through the East Side to the John Brown House. The complimentary hotel shuttle can get you there as well.

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