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Memorial Day Weekend: May 28 and May 29, 2016
Free museum admission Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29). Museum closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Please note: There are NO planetarium shows May 28 and May 29, 2016.


Father's Day: June 19, 2016
Spend the day with Dad at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park. Father's enjoy free admission to the museum and planetarium with the purchase of another guest. Offer valid Father's Day 2016 only, cannot be combined with other offers.


Roger Williams Park Nature Watch
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 8:30am-5:30pm

Do you love to explore and examine the natural world? Want to be a citizen scientist? Join the Museum of Natural History on Saturday, July 9, for our first annual Roger Williams Park Nature Watch, a fun ecological monitoring initiative aimed to gather information about the Roger Williams Park and its inhabitants. Designed to develop scientific observation and data collection skills, Nature Watch is suitable for all levels and interests. Help contribute to the pursuit of knowledge and sign up today! Special orientation on Saturday, June 25, 11am-12pm. There is no fee to participate in the RWP Nature Watch.


Robots on the Run Workshop
Friday, August 5, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm

Explore basic circuits and build a simple robot. Program electronics to make lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more. Learn about the interactive software titled "Arduino" and create your own sample "robot." If you are a gadget geek, science nerd or budding engineer come build a robot with us. Learn about circuits by bringing your broken electronics to take apart.

Cost: $15 per child per workshop/Museum Member: $10 per child per workshop
**children must be at least 10 years old to participate in these workshops, these are drop off programs**


Raspberry Pi
Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm

The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi computer is a miniature ARM (phone) based PC which can do many of the things a desktop PC can do like word-processing, games or playing back High-Definition video. This workshop about the Raspberry Pi's is designed to help educate a new generation of programmers and electronics engineers.

Cost: $15 per child per workshop/Museum Member: $10 per child per workshop
**children must be at least 10 years old to participate in these workshops, these are drop off programs**


Fossil Frenzy Weekend: National Fossil Day Celebration
Saturday, October 8, - Sunday, October 9, 2016
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.

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 (includes museum admission fee), 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 29, and Sunday, October 30, 2016
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.

1:00pm and 3:00pm: Museum Vault Tours
Cost: $5.00, includes museum admission/does not include planetarium admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted.
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!

2:00pm: Strange and Distant Worlds Planetarium Show
Cost: Free admission for costumed visitors or $3.00 (includes museum admission fee), Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.
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. (General Audience)


MNH Community Day
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Museum of Natural History has been an engaging resource and learning experience for New England families since 1896. Celebrate 119 years of the Museum as The People's University…and help to forge its future! Museum and planetarium admissions are free for Providence Residents and visitors bringing a canned good to donate to the RI Community Food Bank.

2:00pm: Eyes on the Skies Planetarium Show
Cost: $3.00, includes museum admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted.
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 Tour
Cost: $5.00, includes museum admission/does not include planetarium admission. Children under age 4 are not permitted.
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! Nature at our Doorstep: Urban Wildlife


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 1:00pm the first Monday of every month, October through March, 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 Saturday and Sunday, during RI February and April school vacation weeks and daily in July and August. Please check our calendar of events for other public planetarium show offerings. 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. Please note: There are no planetarium shows when the museum is closed.

What are the admission fees?
Museum admission is $2 per person. Children under age 4 are free.
Some special programs have a separate admission.

Planetarium admission (includes museum admission) is $3 per person. Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium.





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