Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Providence, RI

4 (5 reviews)

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Address: 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907, USA Number: 401-785-9457 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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?



$2 museum. $5 planetarium.



Same as adult (Children under 4 years can't enter the planetarium)


Free Under

4 years.


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

Any top tips?


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

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Where is it at?


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

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

Can I get one of those?


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

Need a little extra help?


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

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When can we go?

Daily 10am - 4pm, but 9:30am to 4:30pm in summer. Planetarium shows vary

All year round. Closed first various federal and seasonal holidays

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