Special Events

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

Take Apart Day

November 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. 

Machine Madness

December 27, 2015–January 1, 2016

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.

Astronomy Day

January 30, 2016

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.

Igloo Build

February 13, 2016

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. 

Egg Drop Challenge

Date to be announced

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.