Tours take guests through the elaborately decorated rooms of Lippitt House exploring how Providence’s history shaped the Rhode Island of today. Staff share stories focusing on the people who lived and worked in the house illustrating ideas about industry, immigration, design, and civic engagement, illuminating Providence’s rich cultural heritage.

Mask Policy

COVID-19 transmission rates in RI are currently at HIGH levels. Per CDC guidelines, masks are required for staff and all visitors over the age of 2 while inside the Museum. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community healthy.


Saturday, September 18

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Lippitt House Museum is participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, a national celebration in which participating museums offer free admission.  This year Museum Day is Saturday, September 18 from 1 to 4PM for “open house” style walk throughs of the formal rooms on the first floor. Built for Henry and Mary Ann Lippitt in 1865, get a close-up look at the hand-carved animals adorning the dining room, the hand-stenciled decorations in the library, and the elaborate gas chandeliers in each room – all evidence of Providence’s history as a prosperous 19th century manufacturing center. 


To participate, visitors must register in advance and download their Museum Day tickets. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two. One ticket is permitted per email address. Museum Day visitor capacity at Lippitt House will be limited so be sure to register in advance.

Mask Policy

COVID transmission rates in RI are considered at HIGH levels by the CDC. Visitors over the age of 2 and staff are required to wear masks while inside the Museum. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community healthy.

Tuesday, October 5
12:00 PM

Victorian-era spaces and objects encourage close looking and expansive discussion among participants and educators from Lippitt House Museum and the RISD Museum. Learn about the elaborate social rituals and “parlor politics” activism practiced by 19th century women. Historical and contextual information will be shared in support of questions and observations. Join this new program collaboration and explore two local museum collections from the comfort of home.

Registration required. An email with a Zoom link for the program will be sent to registrants.

October 16 and 17

This year’s honorees include a highly regarded preservation planner from South Kingstown, an all-volunteer organization that has preserved the heart of Lincoln’s Great Road, a young couple who created a home in a historic Portsmouth mill, and an array of innovative preservation projects including a former movie palace, a public housing complex, and a colonial-era farmstead. See the full list of winners here.

On Saturday, October 16th from 12 to 4 PM, the Rhody Road Tour will take place, allowing ticket buyers the opportunity to see firsthand select Rhody Award properties from 2020 and 2021 and meet the honorees. 


On Sunday, October 17th from 4 to 7 PM, this year’s honorees will be celebrated in a reception and ceremony at Linden Place in Bristol.

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Wednesday, April 14

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ever wondered what’s at the top of the stairs and behind the closed doors? See the private spaces that are not included on a regular tour of Lippitt House. Now’s your chance to explore the second and third floors of the house where the Lippitt family, their guests, and live-in servants lived. View historic images of the spaces as they looked in the 19th century, learn about the people who occupied the spaces, and see what these spaces look like today on this virtual tour. 


This FREE talk will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration required.


Mondays March 15 and 22

6:00 PM

Why should everyone care that some communities are not active participants in our civic society? Recent tests to our country’s democratic processes remind us of the fragility of our system. For democracy to thrive it needs an educated electorate and systems that allow for full and fair participation by everyone.  Join Lippitt House Museum and the Providence League of Women Voters for a series of discussions on the systematic barriers that keep youth and adults of color from fully participating in our democratic society. The FREE discussions will be held virtually via Zoom.  Pre-registration required.

Youth Activism & Civic Responsibility

Monday March 15, 2021

6:00 PM

Student youth leaders with the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE), a program that combines leadership training and community organizing to mobilize Southeast Asian and other Rhode Island youth of color for education justice, will lead a conversation with Rhode Island civil rights leaders of earlier generations. They’ll discuss motivations for their civic engagement, similarities and differences in their strategies, barriers to overcome, and goals yet to realize. The youth leaders will share how ARISE’s emphasis on civic responsibility informs their activism. For participant bios, click here

Barriers to Democratic Participation for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Monday March 22, 2021

6:00 PM

Staff and adult students of the Reentry Campus Program, which provides current and formerly incarcerated individuals with affordable pathways to post-secondary education programs critical to the reentry process, will lead a conversation with leaders who make policies impacting formerly incarcerated individuals. The dialogue will explore barriers that keep formerly incarcerated individuals from fully participating in democratic processes, such as employment and access to adequate education — including civics education and voting rights for people currently in the criminal justice system. For participant bios, click here

To view the full conversations, please click here

This program is a partnership between Lippitt House Museum, the Providence League of Women Voters, the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education and Reentry Campus Program. Partial financial support provided by the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund.



Author Talk with Susan Fletcher

Tuesday, February 23


Remember the toys you played with when you were growing up? Each of those objects has a story to tell about the history of American childhood. Join an illustrated talk by historian Susan Fletcher as she shares stories about beloved toys and games from the 19th century. We’ll take a journey through the history of American childhood and play against the backdrop of culture, politics, religion, technology, gender, and parenting philosophies. The FREE talk will be held virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration required. Registrants will receive a discount code to purchase their own copy of Exploring the History of Childhood and Play through 50 Historic Treasures Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH, 2020. 

Susan Fletcher is a public historian, writer, and artist based in Colorado Springs. She serves as the Director of History and Archives for The Navigators and Glen Eyrie and is the founder and CEO of History Joy Consulting, an archives and museum consulting firm.

No refunds on Lippitt House Museum or Preserve Rhode Island ticket purchases.