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Explore a playfully reimagined Coming to Rhode Island exhibit! Embark on a time-traveling adventure through the exhibit’s transformed “time tunnel” to learn about Rhode Island’s immigration history. Explore an imaginative interactive environment that highlights the story of an Irish immigrant who worked on the construction of Fort Adams. And discover a new “Story Center” with an array of intriguing hands-on activities that explore culture and diversity.

Visit the Museum’s blog for stories and photos of reinventing Coming to Rhode Island.
Coming to Rhode Island is supported by The Champlin Foundations; The Children's Workshop Foundation; CollegeBound Saver; June Rockwell Levy Foundation; Murray Family Charitable Foundation; The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund; Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities; The Ryan Family Foundation; and Nancy Smith Worthen, in memory of Margaret L. Worthen.


Story Time

Monday, May 1, 8, 15 & 22
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children ages 3 and up listen to and participate in the telling of silly stories written by popular children’s book author Mo Willems.



Be My Neighbor Day

Wednesday, May 10
1:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Build with big blue Imagination Playground blocks, try other creative hands-on activities, and join a meet and greet with Daniel Tiger, presented in partnership with Rhode Island PBS.


Mother’s Day Bead Making

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Create a variety of beads and bead jewelry in celebration of Mother's Day. Mold, sculpt and roll beads from paper, clay and other materials and use them to make necklaces, keychains and more! Admission is free for moms and grandmoms on Sunday, May 14 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

Engineer It!: Brick Building Challenge

Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Explore and experiment during a monthly series of engineering challenges. Kids make brick prints, experiment with brick laying using clay and blocks, and build with boxes to create large-scale constructions.
Underwritten by Amgen Foundation.


Puzzle Works

Monday, May 22 - 26, & Wednesday, May 31

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Take on creative challenges with a colorful assortment of shape and patterning puzzles in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space. Try your hand at geometric, mosaic, wooden and magnetic puzzles that involve shape sequencing and sorting and have multiple solutions..


Tell Your Story: Create a Flag

Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29

10:00 & 3:00 PM

In celebration of the Museum’s new Coming to Rhode Island exhibit – a time-traveling exploration of history and culture through stories – families tell their own stories as they explore vexillography, the art of designing flags, and create their own flags.
Underwritten by Hasbro's Children's Fund.





Discovery Studio

Discovery Studio

Drop into the Museum's vibrant art and science exploration space to discover a changing schedule of imaginative activities.  Create with natural and recycled materials, investigate the power of air and the movement of water, tackle creative construction challenges, and much more. Try a different theme each week! Click here for upcoming activities.


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