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Tuesday, January, 14, 2020

Homeschool 2020 ISS Experiment Opportunity

Homeschool families are invited to be part of an experiment that will be on the International Space Station! The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium have teamed up with Magnitude.io to bring the exciting and inspiring Space Experiment, ExoLab, to the Homeschool Community in Rhode Island. ExoLab is an experiment platform that brings together students […]

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Astronaut Planetarium
Monday, December, 16, 2019

Adventures in STEM during February School Vacation

Saturday, February 15, – Friday, February 21, 2020 Experiment, tinker, build, observe, problem solve, explore and create with fun, hands-on activities at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium throughout February vacation week. Science, technology, engineering and math are the focus during this week of family fun! Special STEM Week Happenings: 10am-4pm: STEM Family Fun […]

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Monday, December, 16, 2019

Chemistry: It’s Elemental

Saturday, January 18, – Monday, January 20, 2020 Chemistry is all around us! Join the Museum of Natural History for hands-on activities and experiments to explore and learn about the fascinating world of chemistry! Special Chemistry Weekend Happenings: 10am-4pm: Chemistry Family Fun – crafts, activities and special quest Cost: Free with museum admission 12pm-2pm: Radical […]

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Museum of Natural History
Thursday, November, 21, 2019

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Holiday Hours

Museum and Planetarium will be closed: Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019 New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Special December Vacation Winter Sky Views Planetarium Show offerings at 2pm: Thursday, December 26, 2019 Friday, December 27, 2019 Monday, December 30, 2019 […]

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Wednesday, October, 30, 2019

Betsey Williams Cottage Fall Open Houses

Step back in time to explore the beautifully restored Betsey Williams Cottage, built in 1773 and home to Roger Williams’ great-great-great granddaughters, Betsey and Rhoda Williams. Upon her death in 1871, Betsey Williams bequeathed the cottage and 102 acres of surrounding farmland to the city of Providence, which became the foundation of Roger Williams Park. […]

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Tuesday, September, 10, 2019

Creepy, Crawly Family Fun Weekend

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday, October 27, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm Spooky fun crafts, Halloween museum quest, museum vault tours (additional admission applies), creature features and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween fun! Visitors receive a complimentary treat bag. Free museum and planetarium admission for costumed visitors. Special Creepy, Crawly Happenings 10am-4pm: Not-so-Spooky Family Fun Cost: […]

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Tuesday, September, 10, 2019

Fossil Frenzy Weekend

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday, October 13, 2019,  10:00am-4:00pm From the Coal Age to the Ice Age, the museum’s collection of fossil specimens brings the past to life! Come join in the festivities and see fossilized plants and animals that once roamed the Earth. Special Fossil Frenzy Happenings 10am-4pm: Fossil Fun Activities Cost: Free […]

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Monday, August, 26, 2019

Skulls from Near and Far

 Sunday, September 29, 10:00am-11:00am Have you ever struggled to identify a skull you found in the woods? Come to the museum and learn the major features that distinguish mammal skulls, with particular attention paid to ones most commonly found in our area. After a brief presentation we will take a look at examples of the […]

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Monday, August, 26, 2019

Museum Day 2019: September 21

The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. The ticket must be either printed or on your phone in order to get free admission. museum is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. The ticket is also good for the 1pm […]

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Friday, June, 21, 2019

Summer Family Fun

Ride the Wave of Summer Fun at the Museum of Natural History during July and August! Join us for family fun this summer with a new exhibit, daily planetarium shows and activities. (Please note: In July and August museum summer hours are 9:30am-3:30pm, last admission at 3:00pm.) New exhibit! Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo […]

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