Fossil Frenzy: National Fossil Day Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:00pm-3:00pm
From the Coal Age to the Ice Age, the Museum's collection of fossil specimens brings the past to life! Come join in the festivities and see fossilized plants and animals that once roamed the Earth.
Special National Fossil Day Happenings
12:00pm-3:00pm: Fossil Frenzy Family Fun
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Activities include: Displayed fossils from the Museum's vaults, special fossil quest, fossil puzzle, make your own trilobite mask, and more.
2:00pm: Cosmic Collisions Planetarium Show
Cost: $3.00 per person/includes Museum Admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.
Take a thrilling trip through space and time, well beyond the calm face of the night sky, to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. Show produced by the American Museum of Natural History.
National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.
Creepy, Crawly Family Fun Weekend
Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, 2014, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Spooky fun crafts, halloween museum quest, museum vault tours (additional admission applies), creature features, and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween fun! Visitors receive a complimentary treat bag. Free Museum and Planetarium admission for costumed visitors.
Special Event include:
Museum Vault Tours
Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Cost: $5.00/Includes Museum Admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted. (Space limited! First come, first served!)
Come join us for a tour of the Museum's underworld - the basement vaults. If you are tantalized by what you have seen on exhibit, come visit the 99% you have not seen. See bats, mini-beasts, vultures, spiders, and more… many have never been on public view! Do not miss this rare chance to explore the collections in storage in this behind-the-scenes, underground tour!
Strange and Distant Worlds Planetarium Show
Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 27, at 2:00pm
Cost: Free admission for costumed visitors or $3.00 (includes Museum Admission Fee), Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium. (Space limited! First come, first served)
Could there be life elsewhere in the Universe? In their search for Earth-like worlds, astronomers have discovered some truly strange worlds! Come experience the newest discoveries in the cutting-edge science of exoplanet astronomy in this unique, visually stunning planetarium show.
MNH Community Day 2014
Saturday, November 22, 1:00pm-3:30pm, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, presents its annual Community Day. The Museum of Natural History has been an engaging resource and learning experience for New England families since 1896. Celebrate 118 years of the Museum as The People's University…and help to forge its future! Community Day happenings include a planetarium show, Museum Vault Tours, opening of two new exhibits, and family fun activities.
Special Community Day Happenings
2:00pm: Eyes on the Skies Planetarium Show
Cost: $3.00, includes Museum admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted. (First come, first served!)
All across the Earth, people are united by their fascination with the night sky. Join us on a journey around the world, from the South Pacific Islands to the Canadian Arctic to West Africa, and back in time with the ancient Maya, to discover the skywatchers of our Earth, past and present. (General Audience)
1:00pm and 3:00pm: Museum Vault Tours
Cost: $5.00, includes Museum admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted. (First come, first served!)
Come join us for a tour of the Museum's collection storage vaults! If you are tantalized by what you have seen on exhibit, come visit the 99% you have not seen.
NEW EXHIBIT! Seismic Shifts: Earth through Time
Travel through time to discover the formation of our Earth and its transformation into the habitable world we live on today. From Ice Ages to Hothouse Earth, our planet has seen many changes over its vast history.
Exhibit sponsored by the Brown/NASA Northeast Planetary Data Center & the NASA/RI Grant Consortium.
NEW EXHIBIT! Secrets from the Vaults: Ancient Objects and Hidden Treasures
All over the place....yes, it is! Hidden gems and treasures from the Museum's vaults, rarely seen, are featured in this new exhibit curated by Mike McGinity and Richard Siembab.
When is the Museum open?
The Museum is open every day from 10:00am until 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.
Museum admission is $2 (Free for children under age 4.)
Some special programs have a separate admission.
Planetarium Admission is $3 (Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.) This includes entrance to the Museum and exhibits. Public planetarium shows are offered every weekend, during RI February and April school vacation weeks, and daily in July and August, with shows beginning promptly at 2:00pm.