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Museum Day Live: FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION

September 26, 2015
We will will open our doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine's eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. (Must have Museum Day Live! ticket to receive free admission.)

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit click here for more information.


Fossil Frenzy Weekend: National Fossil Day Celebration

Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2015
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 31, and Sunday, November 1, 2015
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)

Williams Family Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $3.00 per adult (includes museum admission)/Free for museum members
Museum docent Richard Siembab will lead a special walking tour of the historic Williams family cemetery in Roger Williams Park. Learn exactly who is buried here and what those curious symbols on the headstones really mean. Richard, a longtime member of the Association of Gravestone Studies, will bring a wealth of knowledge to this frequently overlooked park culture resource.


MNH Community Day

Saturday, November 14, 2015
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 admission: 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. Free for Providence Residents and visitors bringing a canned good to donate to the RI Community Food Bank. 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.

1:00pm and 3:00pm: Museum Archives Tour
Cost: $5.00, includes Museum admission/does not include planetarium admission. Children under age 12 are not permitted.
Come join us for a tour of the museum's archives and learn about Roger Williams Park.

New exhibit! Images from the Attic: A Photographic Journey through Roger Williams Park


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 Marchfor 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?
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.

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.





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