Special Events

Montshire's signature events. Events so special, they only happen once a year.

Machine Madness

November 22, 2014

Inventors of all ages are invited to bring their home-built contraption to the Montshire. The machines will be linked together for one incredible chain reaction! Open to people of all ages and mechanical abilities. Click here for details and building guidelines.


Earth and Space Day

January 31, 2015

Celebrate science, the wonders of the Earth, and our place in the universe. Museum education staff and special guests will provide a full day of activities for learners of all ages covering topics from what’s up in tonight’s sky, to activities exploring the large scale process that drive our planet’s systems. This program is part of The Dynamic Earth, a Montshire project supported with funding from NASA.


Igloo Build

February 14, 2015

Experience Igloo Build, one of the longest-running traditions at the Montshire. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Dubbed the #1 Way to Winter Fun by Yankee Magazine (Jan ’09) and a “Top 10 Winter Event” in 2009-2010 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Igloo Build is fun for the whole family. 


Take Apart Day

March 7, 2015

Join us and explore the “guts” of VCRs, toasters, cameras, and toys. You’ll find gears, cams, linkages, speakers, motors, and other components that work together to form complex mechanical and electrical machines. 


Egg Drop Challenge

April 18, 2015

Will a raw egg survive the harrowing 18-foot plunge over the second story balcony? Design a container at home or at the Museum from noon to 2 p.m. that will protect the egg from breaking. Beginning at 2 p.m., it's "eggs away" as you launch your egg and container over the balcony.