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Monday, March, 25, 2019

Celebrate Earth during April School Vacation

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 2019 (Planetarium shows at 1pm + 2pm on Friday, April 19.) Before Earth Day, come to the museum ($2, free ages 3 and younger) for Earth Week! Explore what makes our planet so special with activity tables, demonstrations, crafts and daily planetarium shows (ages 4 and older, $3.). […]

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Monday, February, 25, 2019

Skulls from Near and Far

Have you ever struggled to identify a skull you found in the woods? Come to the museum on March 17 at 11am 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’ll head to the vaults to take a […]

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Friday, January, 11, 2019

Mat’s March Mineral Madness

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1pm-3pm Cost: Free with museum admission Experience mineral treasures normally locked away in the museum’s vaults with the museum’s curator. Assembled over the span of 120 years, this collection is a record of vanished mines and long-gone geological wonders, with many of the specimens having been personally collected by former museum […]

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Friday, January, 11, 2019

Adventures in STEM during February School Vacation

Saturday, February 16, – Friday, February 22, 2019 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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Friday, December, 21, 2018

Chemistry, It’s Elemental

Saturday, January 19, – Monday, January 21, 2019 Explore the building blocks of matter.  From aluminum to zinc, discover how everything is made of chemistry.  Join the Museum of the Natural History and Planetarium in celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table with hands-on family fun including crafts, activities and exciting chemistry demonstrations. Special […]

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Wednesday, November, 28, 2018

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Holiday Hours

Museum and Planetarium are closed: Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018 Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018 New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2019 Special December Vacation Winter Sky Views Planetarium Show offerings at 2pm: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Thursday, December 27, 2018 Friday, December 28, 2018 When […]

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Monday, November, 19, 2018

Bring Donation for Rhode Island Community Food Bank or Books Are Wings – Receive FREE Museum Admission in December

Start the season off right by giving. We are offering free museum admission in December for guests bringing non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank or children’s books for Books are Wings, an organization dedicated to putting books into the hands of children. We look forward to seeing you—thank you for your […]

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Friday, September, 28, 2018

Music in the Planetarium

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Join us for an evening of music in the planetarium! This concert will feature Srinivas Reddy and Ajit Acharya performing sitar and tabla in the North Indian classical tradition, a musical practice deeply rooted in the close observation of the natural world. There will be two 30-minute performances, one at 6:00 […]

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Museum Day
Monday, September, 10, 2018

Museum Day Live: September 22, 2018

The Museum Day Live! 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 Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the […]

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Monday, August, 27, 2018

MNH Community Day

Saturday, November 17, 2018 The Museum of Natural History has been an engaging resource and learning experience for New England families since 1896. Celebrate 122 years of the Museum as The People’s University…and help to forge its future! Museum and planetarium admissions are free for Providence Residents and visitors bringing a canned good to donate […]

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