Montshire Museum of Science Norwich
Where is it at?
Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Road
The museum is conveniently located just off I- 91 at Exit 13 (look for the “Museum of Science” signs) in Norwich, Vermont, five miles north of White River Junction. The Museum is directly across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire.
Where are we going today?
There is something super fun for kids when they can explore a museum and really get involved - learning, touching, playing, smelling...and at the Montshire Museum of Science they can do just that!
There is a whole world of new ideas just waiting to kids to explore and discover. Kids - do you fancy spending the day explore the bubbly bubble station? Or checking out the regions largest collection of moths and butterflies?
LIVE fish in a museum? There is here! Kids can get nose to nose with live trout, or try and solve topological puzzles, and even experience a colony of leaf-cutter ants!
At the Montshire Musuem of Science, there are more than 125 permanent exhibits, both indoors and outdoors, as well as a whole range of engaging, fascinating and educational activities and programs for kids. There are also rotating exhibitions, so if you want to visit again, there might be something new to explore!
For those little ones, there is even their own area! Andy's Place is a special area scaled for those curious minds under 5.
Want to get out and enjoy the sun? There are over 100 acres of trails, and outdoor exhibits,as well as a Woodland Garden, Science Park, and even a walking tour of the solar system! Pretty amazing!
So who said science was boring! The Montshire Museum of Science is an incredible place for kids to learn through experimentation, and to play, create, and explore to their heart’s content! What are you going to learn first!?
How much does it cost?
- Adults$14 for adults
- Children$11 for children 2-17
- Free Under: 2, and free for members
When can we go?
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The water exhibits in Science Park are open late spring
The museum certainly can accommodate school visits, outreach visits, and even homeschoolers! Kids - you can even spend the night in the museum with the Camp-In program - what a neat idea! .
Food service is available in the Hughes Pavilion during July and August. Bring a snack and/or lunch if you wish to picnic - always great on those sunny days! There are picnic benches located outdoors and in the Hughes Pavilion..
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you allow at least 2-3 hours for your visit. For the Science Park, make sure you remember your swimsuit, water shoes, sunscreen and towel! You can also bring a camera, and binoculars are fun for trying to spot that wildlife! .
Doing our bit
The museum is one of three official education centers for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge along the Connecticut River, partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Amazing!
They also offer 3,000 free day passes each year to the local social serve agencies. .
Need a little extra help?
The first two floors of the museum building, as well as some of the paths and trails, are wheelchair accessible. Yay!.
Changing tables are available in restrooms on the first floor..
Can I get one of those?
Before you leave, visit the Museum Store for an outstanding selection of books, toys, and gifts. The Montshire Museum is home to the best collection of science and nature-related gifts in the Upper Valley. You’ll find books for adults and children, nature guides, art calendars, puzzles, games, science kits, stuffed toys, jewelry, and much more in the Museum Store. Your purchase supports the Montshire Museum of Science and its educational programs..
What people are saying?
"Great, full day!"
by vtmama on Jun 24th, 2015
We took my son for his 2nd birthday and he had a blast! He didn't understand why things worked, but it didn't keep him from rushing from thing to thing, keeping him super entertained for a full day!
by frogey419 on Jun 24th, 2015
Tons of hands on experiments and adventures!! Great for all ages