Audubon Society of Rhode Island
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, founded in 1897, has 15 wildlife refuges across the state that are open to the public for wildlife viewing and enjoyment. Many of these sites have historic building and landmarks that illustrate how our predecessors used the land. Audubon’s Parker Woodland and Maxwell Mays wildlife refuges in Coventry have rich history to explore along the trails. On the East Bay Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol offers indoor exhibits along with scenic trails and boardwalk that lead to Narragansett Bay. Audubon independently protects 9,500 acres of woodlands and coastal property embracing diverse natural habitats. The organization is dedicated to environmental education, conservation, and advocacy.
Babcock-Smith House Museum
This Georgian Mansion (circa 1734) is the former home of the Babcocks and Smiths, whose descendants occupied the house until 1972. The house is elegantly furnished with pieces reflecting the Colonial Babcock years, the Victorian Smith years, and colonial restoration of 1928. Historians and antique-lovers alike will enjoy all the museum has to offer! The house hosts special events and programs suited for families throughout the year.
Herreshoff Marine Musem
See SPRITE, the boat that the Wizard of Bristol and his brother built when they were 12 and 16 years old, and then sailed to New York City. Check out the 33-foot model we are building in the boat shop! As part of its ongoing mission, the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame holds programs throughout the year. These include our sailing school, which instructs adults and youth in seamanship; our lecture series; our boat shop programs; educational field trips based on school curriculum standards; and harbor tours. In addition, changing exhibits within the museum offer new learning opportunities for our many visitors.
The historic Ladd Observatory opened in 1891 under the direction of Prof. Winslow Upton. A regular program of transit observations and timekeeping was started in 1893. The Observatory houses a 12″ refracting telescope with a lens made by John A. Brashear of Pittsburgh following the lens design of Prof. Charles S. Hastings of Yale University. There are also transit telescopes, precision pendulum clocks, chronometers, and various minor instruments. Some of the scientific instruments are on display and may be seen on Tuesday evenings when the Observatory is open to the public for telescope viewing.
Providence Children’s Museum
The Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities. Its focus is on serving southern New England children, ages 1 to 11, and the adults who care for them. The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration.
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art
The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, (RIMOSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to kindling curiosity and encouraging experimentation. RIMOSA’s hands-on exhibits and programs – aimed at ages 10 and older – emphasize the tools that both artists and scientists share; curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication. Although RIMOSA is currently a “museum without walls”, we have designed and built a number of physically interactive traveling exhibits and have also developed many unique, hands-on science/art facilitated programs, delivered in schools, during afterschool programs and at public libraries throughout Rhode Island.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo strives to engage guests in an extraordinary and unique educational experience to improve their understanding of and appreciation for the natural world. We contribute significantly to the conservation of our earth’s animals, plants and other natural resources by challenging ourselves and our audience to act as responsible environmental stewards.
Rose Island Lighthouse
Rose Island Lighthouse is located on an 18 acre island a mile into Narragansett Bay. Built in 1869, this working lighthouse is just minutes away from the colonial town of Newport. Tour the lighthouse museum where each room is fully restored just as if keepers of old still lived there. Running off wind-powered electricity and a rainwater collection system, the lighthouse offers an unforgettable view into another century! A tour guide greets you when you arrive and provides a fascinating introduction, rich in romance and history.
The Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum features exhibits focused on Southern New England, highlighting the Narragansett Tribe. The museum offers a range of programs including beading classes, cultural lectures and workshops. The mission of Tomaquag Museum is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today.