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The Montshire Museum of Science is an interactive science center in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outdoors, visitors can explore nature trails and exhibits on wind, water, and sound in David Goudy Science Park. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.


Celebrate the Season with Igloo Build and the Science of Winter 
at the Montshire

NOTE: Please note the following correction — Igloo Build will occur from 10:30am to 2pm (not 4:30 as originally stated)

Explore and enjoy the winter season at the Montshire Museum of Science’s annual event, Igloo Build and the Science of Winter, on Saturday, February 16, 2018, from 10:30am to 2pm.

It will be a day filled with hands-on winter activities, including one of the museum’s longest-running traditions— Igloo Build. 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 and a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Montshire’s Igloo Build is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Dr. Bert Yankielun, engineer and author of the book How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures, will be on hand to offer a demonstration, as well as instruction on the structural secrets of building with snow—from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome and sawing your way out. The instructional session starts at 10:30am and the igloo-building portion of the day ends at 2pm.

Schedule of Activities

  • Igloo Build \\ 10:30am–2pm at the Hughes Pavilion by David Goudy Science Park: 
Learn about igloos while working together to build a sturdy house using nothing but water and hand saws.
  • Ice Experiments: Learn about the science of the season, throughout the day at the Science Discovery Lab.
  • Winter Snowshoe: Explore the winter trails in snowshoes (weather and trail conditions permitting).