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Celebrate Earth Day & Spring into Space this April Vacation

Discover the Earth and embark on a space journey this April Vacation, Monday, April 21 - Saturday, April 26, 2014. Take a storybook tour of the Solar System in the Museum's newest planetarium show, Great Space Adventure; be part of our special Earth Day Celebration for adults and families; and immerse yourself in new transcendental grooves and vivid imagery in the Planetarium during the Meridian Project: DARK MATTER program.

Planetarium Shows
Great Space Adventure Planetarium Show
April 21, 22, 23, and 24 at 2:00pm
Cost: $3.00 (includes museum admission, children under age 4 are not permitted.) Early arrival is suggested as tickets are sold first-come, first-served.
If you thought space exploration was just for astronauts, think again! Discover what you can see from right here on 'Spaceship Earth' as we whiz through the solar system at breakneck speed! Spectacular video imagery shows some of the most fantastic sights in our solar system, from volcanoes on Mars to the rings of Saturn. Explore our solar system and discover what you can see with your own two eyes from right here in your backyard and beyond. (Family audience)

Celebrate Earth Day
Life Long Learners' Extreme Life in Earth's Rocks Lecture
Tuesday, April 22, at 11:00am
Cost: $2.00 per adult (includes museum admission)/free for Museum Members. Contact the Museum, 401.785.9457 x221 or email: info@musnathist.com to register.
Learn how Earth's geology and biology have changed since the formation of Earth. Discover research objectives and results from recent work on tectonically upheaved rocks from the mantle. See some rocks from the Philippines and the Museum's collection. Have the opportunity examine rock sections under a polarizing microscope. Special adult presentation by Dawn Cardace, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island Department of Geosciences.

Discover Earth: Inside and Out Family Program
Tuesday, April 22, at 1:00pm
Cost: $2.00 (includes museum admission, children under age 4 are not permitted)/free for Museum Members.
Learn about the Earth's layers and how life has co-evolved with Earth's rocks. Embark on a journey with interactive family activity stations to discover our Earth. Special family presentation by Dawn Cardace, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island Department of Geosciences.

Special Multimedia Show
Meridian Project: DARK MATTER
April 25 and 26, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Cost: $3.00 (children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium)
Early arrival is suggested for this event. Tickets are sold first-come, first-served on the day of each performance.
Meridian Project: DARK MATTER is a multimedia performance in the Museum's planetarium exploring cutting edge research in dark matter detection. Dr. Jeremy Chapman, a recent graduate of Brown University's Particle Astrophysics Group, will discuss the latest developments in dark matter research in combination with new music written and performed by Joshua Lantzy, Jacob Richman, Jamie Topper, and Kirsten Volness, with new video/projections by Caroline Doherty and Jacob Richman complemented by the planetarium's Zeiss star projector. Programming made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Other happenings exploring the world around us!

Geology of the East Bay Bike Path
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00 am
Cost: $3.00 per person/free for Museum Members
(Children under age 7 are not permitted. No pets permitted.)
(Please note: This a family program/not a group program)
Winding around the shoreline, the East Bay Bike Path provides wonderful vistas of the coastal lagoons, marshes and coast of the upper Narragansett Bay but it also provides a glimpse into Rhode Island's distant past 300 million years ago. Along our walk from Watchemocket Cove to Riverside Square we will also see traces of the mighty glaciers that scoured the area during the last Ice Age. Pre- registration required.


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.

The Museum does not accept Credit/Debit Cards. Cash or Check only.





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