Our Mission

Kindle Curiosity and Encourage Experimentation

Our Vision

Build and sustain a culture of curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking that transforms Rhode Island into a leader in innovation for generations to come.

We realize our vision through these Methods:

  • Maintaining a physical space for multi-generational learners to explore, experiment, and create together in a supportive and fun environment.
  • Creating hands-on, and minds-on, exhibits/experiences that offer opportunities for open-ended experimentation and creative problem solving.
  • Creating portable programs, workshops, and media resources that develop learners’ curiosity, motivation, grit, and problem-solving skills.
  • Collaborating with other community groups, leveraging Rhode Island’s rich resources in the arts and sciences, to maximize our collective long-term impact.


Originally founded by three Rhode Island women who wanted their state to have a place for people of all ages to use their hands and engage their minds, RIMOSA was modeled to some extent on the hugely successful San Francisco Exploratorium.  The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) became a Rhode Island non-profit corporation in August 2009, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization in February of 2010, and didn’t have a dedicated  physical site until June, 2017.  In that time, our board grew from three to twelve people, incuding scientists, artists, musicians, writers, company founders, parents, teachers and more.  We grew slowly and organically, designing and building exhibits, when we had the funds, that exemplified our mission in their open-ended nature, and developing programs – as they were asked for - that were hands-on, collaborative, and catalysts for future learning. 

When we didn’t have a site, we partnered with libraries, after-school programs, Boys and Girls clubs, festivals and more to present our programs and exhibits.  Now that we have a site, we still eagerly partner with other organizations to present our programs and exhibits at their sites – because we want to serve ALL Rhode Island.  Our goal is to inspire people, first to say “wow!” then to reach out and interact, and lastly, to take the ideas with them when they left us and experiment further on their own.

We’re still a very young museum, and as we like to say, we were not intelligently designed – we evolve!  If you would like ot help us evolve and grow, please contact us at info@rimosa.org!

Educational Programs


The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, (RIMOSA) became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010.  RIMOSA’s hands-on exhibits and programs emphasize the tools that both artists and scientists share; curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication.   Our programs are designed to help participants see the world not as it is, but as it could be.

Each of our programs:

  • lasts about 60 minutes, but can be adjusted to run longer or, somewhat shorter.
  • can be offered as a one-time program or linked with others to create a cohesive experience which can run any number of weeks.
  • Costs $170 for the first hour-long program, and $160 for each additional program in a series
  • For more information, or to book a program, please contact Desiree Brunton at dbrunton@rimosa.org

Parties and Rentals

The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art wants to host your Special Event! Whether it’s bringing exhibits to you, or hosting the party at our Museum in Providence, we would love to celebrate with you!

Looking to use our space? We can also rent out the facility to you!

To schedule please email us at birthday@rimosa.org or info@rimosa.org to book!  We look forward to hosting you soon! 


Location and Hours

Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA)
763 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
T: 401-272-0404
E: info@rimosa.org

Admission Fee
Children: $5
Adults: $5

Thursday & Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Wednesday: Open by appointment only

We have a parking lot at the rear of 763 Westminster. The entrance to our parking lot is on Dean St, right around the corner from our building.  Coming from I-95, turn right at the corner of Dean St. and Westminster St, which has a Subway restaurant.  The entrance to the parking lot will be the first left turn, the 3rd curb cut on the left. Drive through the first lot until you are behind a red brick building with green doors.  You may park in spots designated for RIMOSA or Inspiring Minds.  Entrance to the Museum is at the front, on Westminster.

There is also street parking available at all times on Westminster.  When school is not in session, you may also park in the Classical High School parking lot across the street from RIMOSA.