The 1965 Cobra 427 SC in the Newport Car Museum’s Ford/Shelby Gallery. (Newport Car Museum photo)

The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683 at the University of Oxford, stands as the first public museum in the world. The gallery was started when its founder, Elias Ashmole, in 1677 donated his private collection to the university. Much of that original collection is still on display, including a crystal ball, several kidney stones, and preserved, exotic animals.

By creating the museum, Ashmole sought to do what all museum curators have worked for since: to create a space where people could be inspired and educated by artifacts and art from the world around them. Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in Rhode Island on Tripadvisor. Keep reading to see what unique museums are in your own home state.

#5. St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (75 reviews)
– Address: 84 Cumberland St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-3343
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#4. Rosecliff

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,032 reviews)
– Address: 584 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
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#3. Green Animals Topiary Gardens

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (217 reviews)
– Address: 338 Corys Ln (off Rte. 114), Portsmouth, RI 02871-1324
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#2. Newport Car Museum

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (157 reviews)
– Address: 1947 W Main Rd Main Gate, Portsmouth, RI 02871-1077
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#1. The Breakers

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (5,903 reviews)
– Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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