Location and Hours
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA)
763 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
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.
Get In Touch with Us
Coming from the North
Coming from the North on I-95 South, take Exit 21 (Atwells Ave). Continue straight on the service road for .5 miles. Turn right on Westminster St. Continue for 1 block.[Museum] Museum is on the right side of the road across from Classical High School.[Parking] Turn right on Dean St, parking lot will be the first turn (3rd curb cut) on the left. Park in spaces designated for RIMOSA or Inspiring Minds.
Coming from the South
Coming from the South on I-95 North, take Exit 20 (Point St). Continue straight for .7 miles. Turn left on Westminster St. Continue for 2 blocks.[Museum] Museum is on the right side of the road across from Classical High School.[Parking] Turn right on Dean St, parking lot will be the first turn (3rd curb cut) on the left. Park in spaces marked RIMOSA or Inspiring Minds.
Coming from the East
Coming from the East on I-195 West, keep right to stay on Route 6 and I-95 N. Take Exit 1A (Point St). Continue straight for .7 miles. Turn left on Westminster St. Continue for 2 blocks.[Museum] Museum is on the right side of the road across from Classical High School.[Parking] Turn right on Dean St, parking lot will be the first turn (3rd curb cut) on the left. Park in spaces marked RIMOSA or Inspiring Minds.
Coming from the West
Coming from the West on Route 6 East, keep left to stay on Route 6 East and Route 10 North. Continue for 1 mile. Take the Dean Street/Atwells Ave Exit. Keep right to get on Dean St. Continue on Dean St. for .5 miles.[Museum] Turn right on Westminster St. Museum is on the right side of the road across from Classical High School.[Parking] One block after passing the police station, the parking lot will be on the right side of the road.
Frequently Asked Questions
What IS a museum of science and art?
The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art emphasizes the tools that both artists and scientists share; curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication. We believe in being physically involved in the process of creation and innovation. Our hands-on activities make good use of the relationship between the physical work of artisans and the physics of the natural world.
Do you have any exhibits yet? Where can I see them?
We do have a selection of sample exhibits built. We love to have the public interact with our exhibits – and have them at “pop-up” sites such as AS220’s FooFest, Greater Kennedy Plaza and others. Please check the pop-up section of our website to see where we will be next!
All of our exhibits – some of which can be seen in the revolving photographs on our home page- are open ended and hands-on. They use sound, gears, cloth, light, magnetism, bubbles and more. We also have an exhibit catalogue, which can be viewed online or downloaded.
Who builds the exhibits?
The founding board members’ diverse skills and experiences are invaluable in the planning, design, and construction of our exhibits. However, we are grateful to be fortunate enough to work with various members of our rich community including:
-staff members of the Pawtucket based Hasbro, Inc.; -South County based fine furniture maker Ray Gennari; -Tony Ascrizzi, freelance artist and consultant, who has designed and built interactive exhibits for the Providence Children’s Museum; -Rick Maguire of Maguire Guitars, based in Wakefield, RI; -cofounder of the Providence based graphic and web design company Deelux, Andrew Liebchen. Andrew is also the designer of RIMOSA’s website.
Do you have any programs for my school/camp?
Yes! We have developed wonderful hands-on art/science outreach programs that range from an single class period to several weeks in length. If you are interested, contact Juliette Casselman at juliettegc78(at)gmail(dot)com or at 401-749-2704. We are working on more outreaches all the time, so stay tuned to the website.
What are the videos that you show at the start of your Rube Goldberg program?
The video with high school students can be found at:
Please be aware that at the very end of this video one of the students, so impressed by their work, says an expletive in admiration. It is bleeped out – but we stop the video early, before the comment, in presentations.
The music video by “OK GO” can be found at:
In your Animation outreach programs – what software do you use to turn the still pictures from digital cameras into movies?
The software we’ve been using for our outreach programs is Quicktime pro 7 – it’s good for exporting individual picture files into a single animation but requires that you upload the pictures from your camera first and then you must export the final animation. It is, unfortunately, not free. We paid about $45 in 2011.
Are there any free or inexpensive Animation software products out there I could use?
There are a bunch. As of this writing, we recommend a program called Jellycam as it seems both simple and effective and is free for Mac and PC. You can find it at http://jellycam.co.uk/. Other fairly inexpensive, good programs can range from about $40 (Framethief for Macs) to about $60 (ikitmovie for PC) http://www.ikitmovie.com/
In your newer Animation Programs you use iPods. What software do you use for them to make movies?
We use the LEGO ™ movie maker for iPods. It’s very easy to use and a great beginning tool. When we downloaded it, it was a free ap.