Rhode Island State House, Providence
About Rhode Island State House, Providence
Rhode Island State House, Providence - Address, Phone Number
Address: 82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
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This beautiful neoclassical building of white marble was constructed in 1904. It houses the Rhode Island general assembly, the offices of the governor, the lieutenant governor, Secretary of State and the general treasurer. Even before you step inside check out the marble dome of the building, which is the fourth largest self-supporting marble dome in the world. Also focus on the Statue of the Independent Man on top of the Dome. The Senate chamber is in the east wing while the representative chamber is in the west wing. The main architectural attraction inside is the rotunda; see the various artifacts such as guns and flags on the rotunda which represent the state’s military history. At the front entrance of the capitol you will find a Cannon. The best time to photograph the state house is at sunset. If you want to know the history of the building, take the brochure from the visitor center.
Rhode Island State House Information
- Guided tours last 50 minutes.
- Groups of 10 or more people will need to make a reservation.
- Self-guided tour brochures are available at the visitor center and gift shop.
- Non flash photography is permitted.
- Fully disabled accessible.
Rhode Island State House Opening and Closing Hours
- Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
How To reach Rhode Island State House by Public Transport
- Buses 50, 56, 57 stop Gaspee Opp Train Station
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First stop in town was a free tour of the state House. The tour guide was very friendly and informative. The state House is absolutely stunning and full of history. I would HIGHLY recommend taking a tour, even to those like myself who don’t usually like getting tours of buildings or care too much about how the state runs its government.
The grounds and building are beautiful and open to the public. Stopped in while I was in town for the day and managed to arrive in time for the last tour at 2pm. Mr. Freeman was a wonderful guide and walked us through the different chambers, explaining their history, purpose, and current use. All in all it was a great ~45-60 minute tour, and would recommend anyone that isn't very familiar with Rhode Island's history to stop by if you have the time.
I took a self-guided tour of the State House and grounds. The building is constructed mostly of a gorgeous white marble. I enjoyed sitting in the library and contemplating the ornate finishes. I also enjoyed viewing the murals within the main dome, the paintings of all the previous governors, and seeing all of the action going on within the building. I believe a rally was planned for that day, and there were also several booths set up with information for and about veterans and related services. The grounds were very nice and peaceful. I walked all the way around the building; spent some time sitting under the trees and birdwatching (benches would be a nice addition), and later watched a lady playing fetch with her dog on the expansive lawn. I'm glad I took the tour.
My friend and I decided to check out Providence for the weekend. We live in NYC and the bus was just 3 hours and cost $10. So why not? I strongly recommend coming to Providence. The State House was among our best highlights. Not only is the domed building majestic, but our guide was so friendly and engaging. Even though we were the only 2 on the tour, she still spent an hour showing us everything and telling us the history, as if we were valued guests. If you live in NYC you owe it to yourself to take a weekend away and check out Providence and the State House. We stayed at Providence Hostel, that cost us just $35 and was very cozy. The State House tour was free, so for under $100 we had a great weekend away (and that price included both transportation and accommodation, so you really don't have any excuse).
This building is massive!! The area around is absolutely stunning. With amazing beautiful building structure. It reminds me of the White House. I wish I could spend more time here.