Welcome to the “People’s University”, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI
Founded: June 1896
Please note: To mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the City of Providence has closed the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium until further notice. All programming is cancelled. Still looking to connect with us? Many wonderful, free resources are being shared. Follow us @rwpmuseum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our Museum at Home coloring pages, crafts, activities and storytime.
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.