Saturday, September 23, 2023


Local Celebration of Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum’s Sally’s Night


Free Museum Admission & Family Activities Honoring Women in STEM



(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – Join the Rhode Island Historical Society in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and Planetarium, on Saturday, June 17, from 11am to 4pm for Sally’s Night.


Sally’s Night is a nationwide celebration of women in STEM led by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, in collaboration with 21 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations. Sally’s Night honors Sally Ride’s legacy as an astronaut, physicist, educator, and advocate for young people.


In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space, over 20 organizations across the United States will hold events focusing on women and underrepresented genders in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Rhode Island’s celebration will be hosted at the Natural History Museum and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park and will feature free museum admission, as well as the chance to participate in family friendly activities, including a space-themed museum quest.


In addition, beginning at 12:30pm guests will be able to enjoy an animal encounter from Roger Williams Park Zoo, with educators and ambassador animals on site until 1:30pm. Visitors will also be able to join members of Amateur Astronomical Society of RI, who will teach guests how to use solar telescopes until 2:30pm (weather permitting).


Visitors may also register in advance for the Astronaut Fulldome Planetarium Show at 1pm & 2pm and take a thrilling trip through space and time.


This planetarium show explores what it takes to become an astronaut and takes you from Earth into space and beyond! The program is followed by a brief tour of the night sky, using the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector.


Tickets are available at


This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.


About the Rhode Island Historical Society


The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state’s oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st  -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.


The headquarters of the Rhode Island Historical Society are located at 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906. Information: (401) 331-8575.




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