Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Roger Williams Park,1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907 - United States





The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium. For more than a century the Museum has served as a unique educational, scientific, and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people.


There are 5 exhibit halls (2 levels) and a lobby exhibit. Current Exhibits are:
Circle of the Sea: Re-Visited and Re-Imagined
Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration (Opened July 1, 2019)
Natural Selections: Museum’s Victorian Past to the Present
Rhode Island’s Natural Wonder: Celebrating Michael Kieron
Urban Wildlife: Nature at Your Doorstep
Seismic Shifts: Earth through Time

Planetarium Shows at 1 P.M. and 2 P.M. on Saturday, September 21. Located in the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is a dome theater which is only open during showtimes. Early arrival is suggested as tickets are sold first-come, first-served. Ticketholders are not permitted to enter the planetarium once the show has begun. Children must be age 4 and older to enter the planetarium.


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