Founded in 1892, South County's oldest museum houses more than 15,000 archaeological and ethnological objects from around the world. Changing exhibits in the period Southwest Mission-style gallery explore two million years of world culture...and more!

Museum History

South County's oldest museum was founded in 1892 by Peace Dale's Rowland G. Hazard II, with the support of more than eighty families and individuals. It has resided since 1930 in its picturesque Southwest Mission-style gallery in the Peace Dale Office Building. In 1983, Mr. Hazard's descendants incorporated the Museum and it operates through the dedicated efforts of a small staff, docents, and a volunteer Board of Trustees. The museum's mission is to preserve, collect, and exhibit objects from pre-industrial societies around the world and to serve the community through cultural enrichment outreach.

The Museum of Primitive Art and Culture is dedicated to commemorating the past while enriching the lives of people today. The past is not only our heritage, but also a bridge to a brighter future.

Bring the past to life at the MPAC!

Museum's Location

The Museum's distinctive home is a picturesque stone building in the historic mill village of Peace Dale. Free parking, a picnic area, and playground are available at the adjacent "Village Green."

Museum Hours:

Year Round :
Wednesday 10 AM - 2 PM or by appointment

Closed Holidays and Snowdays

Admission:

$2.00 Donation Requested
FREE FOR MEMBERS
Nominal Fees for Programs

Gift Shop

Our small gift shop includes modern arrow points, beaded necklaces, fossils, and more - all priced reasonably. Many items are priced at $2.00 or less and fit into children's budgets or make great stocking stuffers. Museum members and friends receive a 10% discount.

For more information
contact the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture:
(401) 783-5711
1058 Kingstown Road, Suite 5, Peace Dale, RI 02879

or visit us at:
1058 Kingstown Road, Suite 4, (Route 108)

The Museum's Southwest
Mission-style gallery

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Laurel-leaf blade, Solutrean culture
from Gibraltar, 18,000 B.C.

Home of the Museum of
Primitive Art and Culture, circa 1930