40th Anniversary

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, turned 40 this year!

“For 40 years, the Montshire has been sparking the excitement of science learning in people of all ages. We’re looking forward to a year of amazing exhibitions and programs, both inside and outside of the Museum,” says Philip McCaull, Chair of the Montshire Board of Trustees. Science centers like the Montshire are uniquely positioned to offer learning experiences that are personally relevant, enjoyable, memorable, and impactful.

  • The Montshire Museum of Science opened its doors January 10, 1976 in Hanover, New Hampshire, and on November 18, 1989 in the Norwich, Vermont . View the timeline.
  • The 40th Anniversary celebration kicked off Sunday, January 10, 2016 with a free Community Open House and a day full of activities and festivites at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the year, community members are invited to join the celebration by donating $40 (or any increment of $40) and supporting science learning into the future! Donors will receive a celebratory magnet for their cars.
  • As the Montshire moves into its 40th year, trustees and staff are working on a strategic planning process for the future. Thank you to the over 600 community members who participated in our strategic planning survey and listening sessions. Stay tuned for more information about the Montshire’s plans for the future.
  • Human Plus Redesigning You exhibitThe year-long celebration continues with the featured exhibition, Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, on display January 30 through May 8, 2016. The exhibition showcases an innovative field of engineering that unlocks the human body’s physical potential. 
  • Along with the Human Plus exhibition, a series of +Talks scheduled in March (which are  free and open to the community), examine the complexities of the human body and how we can support it through engineering and community wellbeing. Learn more.
  •  The Nowich Inn is crafting a special brew in honor of Montshire's 40th anniversary. Enjoy Discovery Ale at the Norwich Inn and at Montshire Unleashed events.
  • Continuing the celebration, The Tinkering Loft is the Museum’s marquee summer exhibition. Based on Montshire’s breakthrough Tinkering Lab, The Tinkering Loft will provide a much larger environment to engage visitors in designing, building, and exploring STEM concepts through the creation of fun, engaging, whimsical contraptions and open-ended design challenges. 
  • This summer, Vermont artist and master stone worker Dan Snow will create an interactive sculpture that will transform Montshire's entryway. Internationally recognized, Snow fuses innovative designs with old-world techniques to create unique works of environmental art. 
  • This fall, visitors will uncover the facts, fictions, and fossils of Dinosaur Revolution. These reptilian role-play activities in a themed maze invite visitors to explore the talents needed to study dinosaurs and to reveal new answers to ancient questions.
  • Throughout history, music has inspired creativity and allowed people to communicate on a level that words cannot. Making Music: The Science and Art of Instrument Design, developed by the Montshire, will engage visitors in learning about the design and craft of musical instruments, the science behind the materials, and the physics of the sounds they create. Making Music is scheduled to open late Fall, 2016. 
  • Pop-Up Science will deploy a mobile tinkering lab to 15 community sites across the Upper Valley, while The 40 Schools Project will work with upper elementary students and teachers to build engineering and art skills through whimsical and creative science projects. Learn more

Please join us as we celebrate science and innovation, and look forward to another 40 years of joyful scientific exploration. Check montshire.org for the most up-to-date schedule of exhibitions, programs, and events.