Natural History Museum and Planetarium in Providence

Leia Stone, Herald Contributor

For those who are looking to do something that’s out of the ordinary, there’s a small history museum near Roger Williams Zoo in Providence that is worth checking out. The admission at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is $3 per person and with such a low price, it’s the perfect afternoon outing.

Not many people know that this museum exists, but it’s a really nice treat to uncover. The museum is on the smaller side, but that means it will always be less crowded and while maintaining its unique and quiet charm.

The museum is filled to the brim with beautiful geodes and crystals from all over the world. Tucked away in every corner, there’s oddities that you might not expect to find. One especially interesting find was a full suit of armor made out of coconut fibers.

The planetarium itself is quite neat because it hasn’t been completely modernized yet, but it still has a very beautiful show and images. Another surprise is that the museum not only holds a large collection of rocks, shells and artifacts, but it also has an astronomy section. Exploring there makes for a great day trip, and it’s a nice private gem that often gets overlooked by the more glamorous hot spots of Providence.