Welcome to the "People's University"
Roger Williams Park
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 exhibitions and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people.
RWP Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Location
What are the admission fees?
Museum admission is $2 per person (Free for children under age 4.)
Some special programs have a separate admission.
Planetarium admission is $3 per person (Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.) This includes entrance to the museum and exhibits.
When is the museum open?
The museum is open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with last admission at 3:30pm. The museum is closed 10:00am to 12:30pm, the first Monday of every month, October through June for our monthly Homeschool Adventures programming. Please note: No food or drink are permitted in the museum and planetarium, this includes the museum's lobby and entryway.
When is the planetarium open?
Located in the Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is a dome theatre, which is only open during showtimes. Public planetarium shows are offered at 2pm every weekend (Saturdays and Sundays), during Providence April school vacation week, and daily in July and August. Early arrival is suggested as tickets are sold first-come, first-served. People are not permitted to enter the planetarium once the show has begun.