Walking Tours

Join us in 2017 for walking tours of the storied streets of Providence!


Benefit Street: A Mile of History

May 15-October 31: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am

Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, RIHS Members & Students: $10, Children 8 and under: Free

Begin: John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street

The Rhode Island Historical Society has released the schedule for its 2017 walking tour season, which starts on May 15 and continues through October 31.

The RIHS’s signature Benefit Street tour in Providence will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 10am (excluding May 29, July 4, and September 4 holidays). Admission is $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for RIHS members and students, $6 for children 8-17, and free for children under 8. The tour departs from the John Brown House Museum (52 Power St., Providence).

Created in the mid-18th century “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th- and 19th-century wood-frame houses. Although its breathtaking historic structures can give the street the appearance of a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by ongoing preservation efforts since the 1950s. Thus, the tour itself tells a story that touches on the past, present, and future.

“The Rhode Island Historical Society is excited for the 2017 walking tour season. We’ve put some changes in place that will hopefully work better for both locals and visiting tourists, including a longer season, earlier start times, and Monday tours,” said Jennifer M. Wilson, Assistant Director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs. “In addition to the changes to our everyday schedule, we’re rolling out some new routes and special themes with the intention of looking at Providence from a variety of vantage points.”

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Wilson at (401) 273-7507 x360 or jwilson@rihs.org.


Dining With History: 1636-1800 (May 20 at 11am, $10)
: In a two-part series, this tour will explore Rhode Island’s earliest culinary history along the East Side, starting with colonists learning from the Native Americans to the dining habits of the city’s elite. Please note: Departs from Roger Williams National Memorial Park, 282 N. Main StPresented as part of the RIHS’s 2017 programming theme, “Relishing Rhode Island,” as well as the statewide A La Rhody initiative. FOR TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Dining With History: 1850s-Present (September 16 at 11am, $10): 
Part two of the tour will pick up on the other side the river, walking through downtown and focusing on modern dining history and habits of Rhode Islanders. Please note: exact meeting spot TBD. Presented as part of the RIHS’s 2017 programming theme, “Relishing Rhode Island,” as well as the statewide A La Rhody initiative. 

H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life (August 19 at 11am, $10; October 21-22 at 12pm, $19): 
One of the RIHS’s signature tours, this walk will visit locations closely associated with the Providence-born father of weird fiction. FOR TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

History Crawl (June 13 & October 10 at 5:30pm, $15)
: To celebrate the RIHS’s 2017 programming theme, “Relishing Rhode Island,” this new tour will look at the intersection of downtown Providence’s vibrant restaurant scene and the city’s engaging history of preservation. Please note: Departs from New Harvest Coffee in the Providence Arcade, 65 Weybosset StPresented as part of the RIHS’s 2017 programming theme, “Relishing Rhode Island,” as well as the statewide A La Rhody initiative. FOR TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Avi’s Something Upstairs Tour (June 24 at 11am, $15 for child + adult; $10, adults; $5, children)
: The RIHS often brings to life this popular young adult novel as part of field trips, but this version of the tour is offered to the public after the school year ends. FOR TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Thank you to our generous sponsors of the 2017 RIHS walking tour season!