Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
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The Museum of Natural History in Roger Willliams Park is Rhode Island's only natural history museum, and is home to Cormack Planetarium, the state's only public planetarium.
For more than a century the Museum has offered exciting exhibitions, workshops and presentations that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people.
The Museum houses collections containing over one quarter million objects pertaining to natural and cultural history from around the world. The natural history collections include fossils, mollusks, minerals, rocks, mounted flora and fauna.
The cultural collections contains over 25,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens primarily of African, Native American and Pacific origin.
Check the website for many famiy programs, camps and more.
The Museum is open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. The Museum is closed 10:00am to 12:30pm, the first Monday of every month, October through June for our monthly Homeschool Adventures programming.
The Museum is closed on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Day After, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.
Museum admission is $2 (Free for children under age 4.) Some special programs have a separate admission.
Planetarium Admission is $3 (Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.) This includes entrance to the Museum and exhibits. Public planetarium shows are offered every weekend, during RI February and April school vacation weeks, and daily in July and August, with shows beginning promptly at 2:00pm.
1000 Elmwood Ave (Roger WIlliams Park), Providence, RI, 02907 map
South on I-95
Take exit 17, Elmwood Avenue. Left at light. Second left into the Park. Follow the signs to the Museum and Planetarium entrance
West on I-195
I-195 West to I-95 South. Take Exit 17, Elmwood Avenue. Left at light. Second left into the Park. Follow the signs to the Museum and Planetarium entrance
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