The Museum

Spring Lecture Series

Paddock House
The Paddock House

Made by Hand
Thursday May 8, 2023 7pm

Mark Luzio, a woodworker from New York, was astonished when he saw the interior of the Potter House, an 18th century former tavern on Old Plainfield Pike in Scituate. It had more original, untouched woodwork than he had ever seen in a colonial-era building.

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Women of Wickford
Thursday May 18, 2023 7pm

You can learn about the life of Ellen Prentice and many other women from North Kingstown the unknown, the famous, and the infamous on Thursday, May 18, when Tim Cranston, North Kingstown, Town Historian, will be in our Museum Gallery to talk about the Women of Wickford.

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“The Jewelry Capital of America”
How Rhode Island Dominated the Fashion Jewelry Industry
Thursday, June 1, 2023 7pm

It all started with Seril Dodge, a Providence clockmaker and silversmith, and his nephew Nehemiah Dodge, who invented a process for coating less expensive metals such as copper with gold and silver in the 1790s.

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Celebrating our 130th Year!

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 Peace Dale Museum of 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 PDMAC!

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:

We are open Wednesdays from 10am – 2pm


$2.00 Donation Requested
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 Peace Dale Museum of 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)

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Julie Wardwell, Museum Administrator
Louise Weaver, Administrative Assistant
Mary Brown, Educator