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.
When is the museum open?
Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, with last admission at 2:30pm.
When is the planetarium open?
Located in the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is a dome theater which is only open during showtimes. During August 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.
What are the admission fees?
Museum admission is $2 per person. Children age 3 and younger are free.
Some special programs have a separate admission.
Planetarium admission (includes museum admission) is $3 per person. Children must be age 4 and older to enter the planetarium.
Museum and Planetarium admissions are always free for Museum Members! Help support the museum and become a Museum Member!
Holidays/Days the museum and planetarium are closed:
July 3 and Fourth of July
Victory Day (August 10)
Thanksgiving Day (November 26) and Day After (November 27)
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day
Holidays the museum and planetarium are open
- Martin Luther King Day (including planetarium shows at 1 pm and 2 pm)
- Presidents Day (including planetarium shows at 1 pm and 2 pm)
There are 5 exhibit halls (2 levels) and a lobby exhibit.
Current Exhibits are:
Circle of the Sea: Re-Visited and Re-Imagined
Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration (Opened July 1, 2019)
Natural Selections: Museum’s Victorian Past to the Present
Rhode Island’s Natural Wonder: Celebrating Michael Kieron
Urban Wildlife: Nature at Your Doorstep
Seismic Shifts: Earth through Time
Visiting on vacation?
Check out area hotels and attractions in the Providence area.