Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Providence

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Natural History Museum Museum
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  • an awesome small museum! the building itself is so beautiful! lots of wood and iron work. the exhibits are very well done. they have a plantatarium at times. cost is $2 with a small gift counter.  more »
  • This is a really small natural history museum. They have some cool info on climate change and a really cool info station on identifying insect sound. There was also some info on human expansion, but I...  more »
  • This is a small museum with wonderfully laid out exhibits and with a planetarium. As an intro to museums for younger children it is excellent. Large and small mammals, lots of birds and insects up clo...  more »
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  • We are on vacation and drove 45 min to get there and hit traffic, so were about 2 min late and they told us that we were locked out and there was no way to let us in. There was only 1 other car in the parking lot we parked in, but they would let our group of 7 people in, most if which were kids. Nothing I said would change her mind. My kids were so disappointed!
  • A Nice old Museum located in Roger Williams Park. Free Parking
  • For what it's worth. They mentioned that they just had an update in their software for the Planetarium and it turned out to be a very informative presentation. Even though the lighting for the mineral display was lacking, I would still give them 5 stars.
  • Nothing exciting..only 2 dollars...however missed planetarium show...
  • Me and my family went on vacation to Rhode Island and decided it would be fun to go see the museum and most excitedly, the planetarium. In Florida, me and my younger brother always loved planetariums. When we sat down in the room with minimal leg space, my family was optimistic. But as the lights turned off, the projection on the rounded ceiling was so dim and colorless, it was impossible to make anything out. My mother has always been fine with planetariums, but has an issue with claustrophobia. It was so dimly projected, pitch black and tight, that she had a panic attack and had to be escorted. A terribly dissapointing experience. If you want to see a good planetarium, vacation to Florida.

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Where to stay in Providence

Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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