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- Museum of Art
- 224 Benefit Street
The RISD Museum was founded on the belief that art, artists, and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies.
Events at the Museum
The Museum has a number of spaces available for use by the RISD community for meetings, presentations, and entertaining. If you are interested in reserving a museum space, including the Metcalf Auditorium, please complete the Internal RISD Museum Event Inquiry Form.
About the Museum
Established alongside the college in 1877 as part of RISD’s vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. We interpret our collection with focus on the maker and deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive environment that builds meaningful relationships across all communities.
As one of the three largest university art museums in the U.S. and southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum, our collection currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume and textiles, and furniture from all over the world. Of these objects, approximate 1,800 are on view at any given time. The RISD Museum provides free access to digital images of public domain materials in the collection for any purpose. We want our collection, scholarship, and interpretive content to be accessed, distributed, and reused.
StaffNicole Amaral Registration Assistant for Exhibitions and Loans 401 454-6527 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Bose Business and Finance Manager email@example.com
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Events at the Museum
The RISD Museum has a number of spaces available for use by RISD departments for meetings, presentations, and entertaining. Administrative fees may apply and will be communicated with your event confirmation. The Special Events Manager will respond within five business days of your submitted request. To submit a request please use the Internal RISD Museum Event Inquiry Form.
If you are interested in reserving the Metcalf Auditorium, specifically, please review these Metcalf Auditorium details.
The RISD Museum website provides details on all available spaces including: capacity, availability, usage fees, and guidelines for all museum spaces.
The Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center has a capacity of 200. It is ADA compliant, including access to the stage. Please see the auditorium spec sheet. Events in the auditorium include services of an Audio Visual technician; renters are not allowed to operate the equipment on their own. For weekend events, a technician fee may apply. For after hours events, the Museum will arrange for Museum security to be on duty.
For events taking place during the museum’s public hours, private use of the lobby is not possible. Refreshments and/or check in will be accommodated on a case by case basis. All catering arrangements must be approved in advance by the museum’s Special Events Office and must abide by the museum’s event and catering guidelines. Refreshments must be served by a licensed caterer carrying appropriate licenses and insurance in the Chace Center Lobby only. Food and drink are not allowed in Metcalf Auditorium.
Tickets may be sold at a reasonable fee to cover costs. Events may not be advertised as fundraisers.
Sales of retail items must be approved and are normally restricted to items directly related to the programming such as CDs of a performing musical group or books by a visiting lecturer.