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Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Providence

Where is it at?

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Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence
RI
02907
Tel: 401-785-9457

Directions

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 North on I-95 Take Exit 16, Elmwood Avenue Bear right Left at light Park entrance is half a block on right Follow the signs to the Museum and Planetarium entrance

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is the ONLY natural history museum in the state of Rhode Island? It might be pretty special then! What if we told you it was also the ONLY public planetarium in the state!

Ever more reason to visit now! It's also been entertaining families since 1896, so it must be doing something right!

The museum is a great way for the whole family to do something together, have fun, AND learn! There are a number of exhibits that are FILLED with amazing artifacts and objects that have been collected from all around the world - about the world!

There are actually over 250,000 treasures which tell stories of both the cultural world and the natural world. Kids can walk among mammals from our planet's past, and admire all the different sizes, shapes and colors of the minerals that we find in our earth.

From birds that fill our skies, to baskets woven by someone thousands of years ago - there are even amazing fossils of incredible creatures, from ferns to starfish. It's great for kids to use their imaginations, as they walk around the museum and think about all the different kinds of people that once used the items. Imagine what the earth would have been like thousands of years ago. How would it have looked? How would it have sounded?

Want to hear something cool? Everything you see is only 1% of what the museum have to display, so there will always be something new to see!

From the earth - to space! The Planetarium is a great way for everyone to explore space. There are shows on weekends which will take you through space and time, to the moon and back and around the stars!  

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium will leave you with lots of wonder about our planet, and lots of facts too! A great day out in Rhode Island! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$2 museum. $3 planetarium.
  • ChildrenSame as adult
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Daily 10am - 4pm.

All year round. Closed first Monday of the month between 10am - 12:30pm from October to June.

Teachers corner

There is an extensive list of great, hands-on programs for students that will make a great day out of the classroom for them! .

I'm Hungry!

There isn't a cafe, and outside food and drink aren't allowed, so make sure you fill up before you go! .

Any Top Tips?

Kids under 4 are not allowed in the planetarium. But the museum is great for them! .

Doing our bit

The museum are all about educating those who visit, and have done an amazing job collecting and preserving everything you see. And they will keep doing it as there are more stories to be told!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is handicap accessible, and those with special needs can go anywhere they like!.

Can I get one of those?

There is a small gift cart that you can pick up some fun items with! .

More information

There are five exhibits, as well as one in the lobby, so allow a few hours!.

What people are saying?

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    Very interesting museum with tons to see. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits, which contained real fossils of a variety of dino species. Very easy to get to, with the subway stop downstairs. Great place to spend a day.

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    Awesome experience every time I went. I really love the butterfly exhibit. Definitely better than the one at the zoo!

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    I easily spent a few hours here and didn't even notice the time flying by. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit... just fascinating! The exhibits on peoples of different civilizations was also amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. I was able to take my time perusing at my own pace without feeling like I was getting in people's way.

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    The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

    Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The...Read More

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    My 4 year olds loved walking through the major exhibits, especially the huge whale. I hope to take them again as they get older and can appreciate more of the content.

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by Nick DiCecco

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The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The security guards weren't even nice about it either, a man in a wheelchair near us was rather curtly told where to exit after he politely asked. I could go on about how annoyed this made us, but I'll leave it at that.

In the end what could have been a great museum experience only left us with a bad taste in our mouths. We will probably visit again someday and hopefully by then the museum fixes its staff issues.

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