Welcome to the “People’s University”, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI
Founded: June 1896
Our mission is to steward and interpret natural and cultural collections through exhibits, education and research to inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy the natural world, in order to better understand themselves and the world. The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium. For more than a century the museum has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibits and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people.
Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm, closed on Wednesday. During August planetarium shows will be offered at 1pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Planetarium show tickets, which includes museum admission, must be purchased online. To ensure the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and the collections, we have implemented enhanced protocols and transitioned to an online timed ticketing system for museum and planetarium admission.Museum At Home Plan Your Visit Exhibits Planetarium