WaterFire Arts Center and WaterFire Store Hours
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Extended event hours are on a case-by-case basis and will be included on the Events Calendar. The WaterFire Arts Center can be rented for private events and functions and may be closed to visitors during those times. Tours may be made by appointment when the WaterFire Arts Center is closed. Please call ahead (401.273.1155) to make an appointment or check to see if we’re open.


The WaterFire Arts Center is centrally located in the heart of the Valley Arts District in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence.

Our main entrance and visitor parking lot are located at 475 Valley Street. Event parking is determined by the event and valet parking may be available for certain events. Please check our Event Calendar for specific event parking considerations.



The WaterFire Arts Center is accessible via RIPTA bus; take the number 92 from Kennedy Plaza (Stop D) to the Atwells/Eagle Square stop (The WFAC is an 8 minute walk from the bus stop). You can also take the May Mobility Shuttle to the America Locomotive Works stop (the WFAC is a 2 minute walk from the shuttle stop). May Mobility shuttles run on a  loop from the State Offices on Smith Street to Olneyville Square on 10 minute intervals. The shuttle runs weekdays from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Service on the RIPTA 92 bus runs until about 10:30 pm Monday – Saturday and until 7:00 pm on Sundays.


Both the WaterFire Arts Center, the WaterFire Store, all galleries, and the WaterFire Providence Offices are wheelchair accessible. Service dogs are welcome at the WaterFire Arts Center.


The WaterFire Arts Center is a unique setting for your event. Companies or associations may rent spaces in the Museum for receptions, dinners, and meetings. See our Spaces page for more information.


Except where specifically prohibited, still photography without tripod/monopod for personal and educational use is allowed in WaterFire Art Center galleries. No flash photography is allowed. Tripod and monopod use is by special permission only; please apply for permission at least two weeks in advance. Video and film projects can sometimes be accommodated in the galleries. No photography (still or video) may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum. Contact us for more information.


WaterFire lightings take place in downtown Providence on select dates from May through November.

Check out the WaterFire Event Schedule.

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4 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

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