To ensure the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and the collections, we have implemented enhanced safety protocols and an online ticketing system. When visiting: The use of strollers is discouraged and strollers need to be carried/lifted to enter and exit the museum.
When is the Museum open?
The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am – 4pm, last admission at 3:30pm.
When is the Planetarium open?
Located in the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is a dome theater which is only open during showtimes. Planetarium Shows are at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. There are other offerings during certain Monday holidays and school vacation weeks. Planetarium show tickets MUST be purchased online. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the show start time to check-in for the Planetarium show.
What are the admission fees?
Museum admission is $2 per person. Children age 3 and younger are free.
Planetarium show ticket (includes museum admission ) is $5 per person. Children must be age 4 and older to enter the planetarium.
Some special programs have a separate admission. Planetarium show tickets must be purchased ONLINE.
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:
Fourth of July
Thanksgiving Day and Day After
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day
There are 5 exhibit halls (2 levels) and a lobby exhibit.
Current Exhibits are:
Circle of the Sea: Re-Visited and Re-Imagined
A Continuous Presence: Celebrating 20 Years on the ISS
Natural Selections: Museum’s Victorian Past to the Present
Urban Wildlife: Nature at Your Doorstep
Seismic Shifts: Earth through Time
Unpolished Echoes: Explore the Past and Present of Mashapaug Park
Visiting on vacation?
Check out area hotels and attractions in the Providence area.