(3.22) RISD was founded on March 22, 1877 and the museum is celebrating its founding by offering free admission this Saturday, March 18 and again on Wednesday, March 22. Special offerings for Founders Day include a %18.77 discount at the RISD Store on Wednesday.
In 1877, 35 women, armed with $1,675 and a vision, founded RISD. Understanding that a school for art and design could produce world-changing critical thinkers and makers, the founders were innovators whose impact stretches across the globe.
Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf and the other visionary women established RISD more than 40 years before women in America gained the right to vote. Metcalf urged 34 members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission to invest in a school of art and design that that was founded 146 years ago on March 22, 1877.
Museum hours: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday/ noon to 7pm, Thursday and Friday.
RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, (directions)