For travelers heading to New England, make sure to stop at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence. The Rhode Island School of Design is one of the most distinguished design schools in the area, and is associated with the museum. This incredible museum was actually established in 1877 and it contains a number of permanent collections in addition to the traveling collections that are touring. When visiting the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, be sure to visit the following collections: - One collection, called the Painting and Sculptures Gallery, and it is home to over 2500 pieces of art from America and Europe ranging from the medieval time through the 1960s. - Another collection is the Decorative Arts that contains glass, ceramics, furniture, metalworks from medieval times to today. - The Contemporary arts Gallery contains art in various media dating from the last 50 years, and some of the most well-known modern artists. - A truly fascinating gallery contains the Ancient art that includes Greek vases, Roman glass and jewelry, a variety of bronze and marble sculptures, plus collections from the Ptolemaic period of Egypt. - Finally, the Asian Art collection has paintings, sculptures prints, ceramics and over 600 Japanese prints from the 19th century. Visitors to this Rhode Island School of Design Museum will enjoy a truly eclectic variety of art work from many centuries around the world as well as some of the most well-known artists as well as some obscure and ancient art.