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 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am – 3pm, closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Planetarium shows are at 1pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Planetarium show tickets, which includes museum admission, must be purchased online. Children must be age 4 and older to enter the planetarium. 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. Please note: Use of strollers are discouraged at this time due to the marked one-way pathways and needing to be carried/lifted to enter and exit the museum.Museum At Home Plan Your Visit Exhibits Planetarium