WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE RE-OPENING! The Museum is re-opening in phases beginning on July 1; Museum members will be welcome to visit on July 1, July 2 and July 5. Starting on Monday, July 6, the museum will be opening to the general public. The museum will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm, closed on Wednesday. As we welcome visitors back to the museum we have implemented enhanced protocols and procedures to help ensure the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and the collections. We are transitioning to a timed ticketing system to limit the number of guests who are inside the museum at any time. The planetarium will remain closed to the public at this time.
When is the museum open?
During July 2020 the museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, with last admission at 2:30pm. We are transitioning to a timed ticketing system, which will be available for booking on Monday, June 29, to limit the number of guests who are inside the museum at any time. The planetarium will remain closed to the public at this time.
When is the planetarium open?
Located in the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is a dome theater which is only open during showtimes. Due to COVID-19 there are public planetarium shows scheduled. Please contact the museum if interested in booking a private planetarium show.
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.
Currently there are no a special discounts that can be applied towards admission.
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.