Activities for Families

The Montshire Museum has fun for the whole family!

Machine Madness

Machine Madness Inventors of all ages are invited to bring their home-built contraption to the Montshire. Learn More

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ants Find out how leafcutter ants grow their own food. Learn More

Color Mixing

Color Mixing Learn how to mix up colors! Learn More

Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets

Participants will make their own indoor paper rocket and then see how far it can fly. 

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Creeping Colors

Creeping Colors

See what happens as capillary action causes water to creep up a paper strip. Discover the hidden colors inside an everyday marker.

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Hoopster Gliders

Hoopster Gliders Learn to build a glider that soars through the air! Learn More

Turtle Discovery

Turtle Discovery

Learn about turtles native to the Upper Valley. We'll feed them, learn about their habitat, and then take an up-close look at  them in the Museum's aquariums. 

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Microscopic Investigations

Microscopic Investigations

We'll use hand lenses and microscopes to magnify different items. Discover a new world that can't be seen with the naked eye. 

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Sound Science

Sounds are all around us. We will experiment with how sounds are created and how sound waves travel through different materials.

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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror Use mirrors to investigate reflection and symmetry. Learn More

Batteries & Motors

Batteries & Motors

We'll explore electricity and basic circuits as we get motors to spin and bulbs to light.

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Fossils: Evidence of the Past

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

You will get a chance to handle real fossils from the Museum's collection and then use a variety of clues to uncover their origins. 

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Exploring Magnets

Exploring Magnets

Discover some cool things about magnets and their properties as we conduct some experiments using lots of different materials.

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Fingerprints

Fingerprints

Your fingerprints are completely unique to you, but have your ever looked at them closely? We'll take a look at the different characteristics and variations in our fingerprints. 

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Optical Illusions

We'll play tricks on our brains and eyes while discovering that things are not always as they appear.

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Skulls

Skulls

Learn about New England Wildlife as we examine their skeletal remains.

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Tinkering Lab

Tinkering Lab Build something! Learn More

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day How did local people live in the past? What tools did they make and how did they make them? Learn More

Owl Pellet Dissection

Owl Pellet Dissection Celebrate the traveling exhibit “Only Owls” by getting up close and personal with an owl’s leftovers. Learn More