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The Montshire Museum of Science is a nationally recognized, hands-on museum in Norwich, Vermont.

Sited on 110 acres near the Connecticut River, we offer over 150 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy, and the physical sciences. Our exhibits and programming foster interactive discovery for people of all ages, and our unique riverfront setting fosters deep creative learning in the physical and natural world. Explore Montshire’s indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Founded in 1974, we opened our doors to the public in 1976 in a former bowling alley in Hanover, New Hampshire. We cut the ribbon on the Museum Building and 110-acre learning landscape in Norwich, Vermont in 1989 and are now one of the busiest museums in northern New England, welcoming 170,000 visitors annually and reaching 13,000 students in regional schools. Learn more about Montshire history.

Montshire is committed to the social and intellectual development of our community, and to providing new, rewarding experiences with each visit. Our team is passionate about creating rich opportunities for discovery and learning. We emphasize direct engagement with natural phenomena and objects so that everyone can develop their insights based on real-world phenomena.

“As a science museum, we always want people to know how their world works. We want people to know about available solutions that help fight big problems and make a meaningful impact.”

– MARCOS STAFNE, PH.D., Montshire Executive Director

Montshire has been honored with a National Award for Museum Service and received grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. We jointly created the Dartmouth-Montshire Institute for Science Education. Learn more about Montshire’s partnerships and special projects.

After four decades of growth, Montshire continues to expand our influence and reach, developing new approaches to promote wonder of discovery and engage our communities in the joy of science. Read about Montshire’s strategic plan.

History
of the Museum

From its beginnings in a bowling alley, the Montshire has grown to become a much-loved award-winning science museum.

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Team
& Leadership

​The Montshire has a dedicated team that works together towards the same mission of fostering curiosity and providing science education for all.

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Partnerships and
Special Projects

The Montshire has developed strong partnerships to develop new exhibits, engage young scientists, and increase access to science education.

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