John Brown House Museum

JBHThe John Brown House was built in 1788 by merchant, patriot, politician, and slave trader John Brown. He and his family were some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the state, and also the namesake family of Brown University.

Come walk through John Brown’s house (in the steps of George Washington and Abigail Adams) and experience for yourself what it was like to live in the brand new United States at the end of the 18th century. The tour will discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day: slavery, the American Revolution, the China trade, and the major role Rhode Island played in the history of our nation.

Guests will choose to take a docent led guided tour or a self-guided audio tour to view the house museum. Both the guided tour and the audio tour last approximately 60 minutes.

Museum Hours

April 1 – November 30

Tuesday through Friday: Open 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Guided Tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Audio Tours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

providence blue starSaturdays Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Guided Tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Audio Tours from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



December 1 – March 31

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and by appointment 

  • Guided Tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Audio Tours from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Closed in observance of  the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day , Victory Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.  


  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors & Students: $8
  • Children 7-17: $6
  • RIHS Members: FREE

Group Tours

Interested in bringing your group or classroom to the John Brown House? Schedule a tour with Jennifer Davis, Visitor Experience and Logistics Manager (; 401.273.7507 x362).


Address & Parking Info

52 Power Street
Providence, RI 02906

Free Museum parking is available in a lot off of Charlesfield Street, which runs parallel to Power Street on the other side of the property. The entrance to the lot is not far from the corner of Charlesfield and Benefit Streets.

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