This Weekend: Doors Open RI Festival: Indowncity Highlights

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This Saturday the Doors Open RI Festival will give you free behind-the-scenes access to 20+ amazing places across Providence. Here’s some highlights Indowncity is looking forward to!


Micro Unit at the Providence Arcade :: 130 Westminster Street :: 10am-3pm

Photography by Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios

As if walking along the balconies of the Arcade wasn’t neat enough already, now you’re invited to step inside one of the building’s famous micro-units. Built in 1828, the Arcade is the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall. With its distinguished doric columns, granite walls, and symmetrical Greek Revival facades, the Arcade is Providence’s Parthenon.



Step Inside the Mayor’s Office :: 11am – 2pm :: 25 Dorrance Street

Photo Courtesy of Image Design Studios

Largely unchanged since its opening in 1878, Providence City Hall has stood for less than half of Providence’s entire history. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has graciously invited you to visit his historic office inside City Hall! Equally exciting is a visit to the attic of City Hall and the City Archives which will also be open (10am-6pm).




19th Century Providence in 3D :: Variable Times :: Aurora ::  276 Westminster Street

Stereo slides courtesy of Ned Connors

Travel back in time at the Aurora with historian Ned Connors to visit late 19th-century Providence through an extraordinary stereopticon show. Strap on a pair of 3D glasses to witness life-sized scenes of a prosperous Victorian Providence projected onto the silver screen.

Three FREE shows: 5pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm. Seating is Limited.

These programs are made possible through the support of the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities. The Stereopticon Program is organized in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society.


Event Guide 

Looking for an event guide? Find it in inside the September issue of Providence Monthly and at every participating site on the day of the Festival. You can also download a PDF of the guide. The most complete and up-to-date information on the Festival is found on our mobile-enabled website,


Stay Informed

Follow Doors Open RI on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for live Festival updates and share your own Festival experience: @doorsopenri and #DoorsOpenRI. 


ABOUT Doors Open RI

Doors Open Rhode Island is a new program that connects people to local places of cultural, historical and architectural significance in an effort to bridge communities and inspire new perspectives on our cities. 



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