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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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