Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Providence, RI

Where are we going?

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
1000 Elmwood Ave
RI 02907


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! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $2 museum. $3 planetarium.

Children: Same as adult

Free Under: 4 years.


Need a little extra help?

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


When can we go?

Daily 10am - 4pm.

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


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! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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