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 to the RI Community Food Bank or children’s book to donate to Books are Wings.
Community Day Happenings:
NEW LOBBY EXHIBIT
Rhode Island’s Natural Wonder: Celebrating Michael Kieron
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it is brimming with exciting places to explore. In this exhibit, we highlight popular parks and wildlife refuges as seen through the eyes of our late curator Michael Kieron, whose passion for the natural world inspired everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. From the quarries of Lincoln to shores of Sachuest Point, experience Rhode Island’s natural wonder.
10am-4pm: Museum Family Fun
Cost: Free with museum admission
Museum quests, crafts and more.
1:00pm and 3:00pm: Museum Vault Tour
Cost: $5 per person (includes museum admission)/Does not include planetarium admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted.
Come join us for a tour of the Museum’s collection storage vaults! If you are tantalized by what you have seen on exhibit, come visit the 99% you have not seen.
2:00pm: From Earth to the Universe Planetarium Show
Cost: $3 per person (includes museum admission). Children under age 4 are not permitted.
Learn about the journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, in this full dome planetarium show. Revel in the splendor of the worlds of the solar system and our Sun. From Earth to the Universe takes you to the colorful birthplaces of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way Galaxy to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Please note: This full dome planetarium show DOES NOT include a brief tour of the night sky, using the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector. (General Audience)
Among the many activities happening on Community Day, please join us for a special ceremony at 12:30pm, during which the Rhode Island Natural History Survey will be presenting their 2018 Distinguished Naturalist Award posthumously to our former curator Michael Kieron amidst the opening of our newest exhibition Rhode Island’s Natural Wonder: Celebrating Michael Kieron. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating Michael’s memory!