Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Who are we?

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI, is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium.

Founded in 1896, the museum, also known as the “People’s University,”  has served as a unique educational, scientific and cultural resource by offering exciting exhibitions and programming that provide ways for children and families to learn about our world and its people. Our mission is to steward and interpret natural and cultural collections through exhibits, education, and research to inspire people of all ages and cultures to enjoy the natural world, in order to better understand themselves and the world.

What we offer

  • Field trip programming
  • Homeschool programming
  • Camp programs
  • Adult programming
  • Birthday parties
  • Scout programs
  • Nature Walks
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Discovery based hands-on learning

Key needs

  • Partner with schools and other educational institutions
  • Using museum resources to support instruction
  • Help people learn about the various resources we have available


Renée Gamba, Museum Director | 401.785.9457 x224

Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence RI 02907