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Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Providence, RI

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

Activity location


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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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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Museum of Natural History and Planetarium FAQ’s

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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