The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University located in Providence, Rhode Island, provides a detailed culinary history through various artifacts. From cookbooks to prints, this museum has an extensive collection of culinary-related items of cultural and historical significance. In 2013, an extensive inventory revealed that the Culinary Arts Museum currently holds over 250,000 items. From foodies to those who are simply interested in culinary history, the Culinary Arts Museum offers a unique museum experience.

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Museum Hours

The Culinary Arts Museum is open 5 days a week. Days and hours of operation are as follows:

Monday - Tuesday: 8:00am - 9:00pm

Wednesday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed


Currently, the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University is open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family members of these individuals. This museum is no longer open to the general public. The general public is welcome to explore the extensive collection of over 12,000 digital images by using the online database available at the Culinary Arts Museum website.


The Culinary Arts Museum has an extensive collection of over 250,000 items. This extensive collection includes an assortment of ethnographic artifacts, a comprehensive cookbook collection of upwards of 60,000 items, menus, and even food item packaging. Some of the items within the collections that are offered for viewing in person and via the online database include:

· Advertising – Various advertising prints, some well-known and others quite obscure from various periods of time.

· Molds – Molds used to create an assortment of shaped food items.

· Commercial Kitchens – A collection of items from commercial kitchens of the past.

· Cookbooks – An assortment of 60,000 cookbooks that reflect culinary interests from various time periods.

· Home Kitchen – A vast collection of household kitchen items from spoons to stand mixers.

· Menus – Follow the history of the menu, which has evolved from items written on silk to the current menus of today.

· Packaging – Reflect on the packaging of both well-known and no longer relevant food products.

· Photographs – A collection of photos that capture the element of food and the culinary world throughout history.

· Art – Culinary-themed art created by students at Johnson & Wales as well as collected pieces of 2D and 3D pieces of culinary art.


The Culinary Arts Museum sets up temporary exhibits throughout the year. Typically, these temporary exhibits are available for viewing for about 6 to 18 months. The Culinary Arts Museum also offers smaller traveling exhibits at other Johnson & Wales University campuses in Miami and Charlotte. Those interested in discovering more about exhibits hosted by the Culinary Arts Museum are encouraged to visit the Culinary Arts Museum website to check out recent exhibits as well as digital images of past exhibits.

Some of the previous exhibits available online for viewing include:

· A Pantheon of Chefs

· Arts Diner

· Chow Mein

· Country Fair to Culinary Olympics

· Creative Survival: African-American Foodways in Rhode Island

· Culinary Beginnings

· Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century

· Dinner at the White House

· Edible Nanoscape: Food in the Scanning Electron Microscope

· Every Grain of Rice

· Food on the Move

· From Paper to Plate

· From the Garden

· Fruit Crates

· Harry's Whimsical World

· Hometown Diners

· Lilliputian Landscapes

· On Safari

· Rhode Island: Small State, Big Taste!

· Time to Eat


Culinary Arts Museum, 315 Harborside Blvd Providence, RI 02905, Phone: 401-598-2805

(Last Updated on September 21, 2017)

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