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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.


Montshire Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a Day of Science Activities and Festivities

On Saturday, July 20, the Montshire Museum of Science will celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Moon Landing with a day of science activities and festivities. This historic occasion marks Apollo 11’s successful mission and the first steps on the Moon.

This special day will feature:

  • Hands-on activities, such as building stomp rockets and Moon crafts
  • Guest speakers, including former astronaut Dr. Jay Buckey
  • Photo ops that transport visitors to another time and place
  • Delectable treats for sale from Morano Gelato (with a space-inspired gelato flavor) and Blue Sparrow Kitchen

Take part in a full day that includes the chance to:

  • Learn about the technology used to send a person to the Moon
  • Speak to an astronaut about life in space
  • Discover the history behind the Apollo program
  • Watch footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking their first lunar steps
  • Take a picture as one of the mathematicians (human computers) whose calculations were critical to the success of NASA’s missions

Don’t forget to explore the Montshire’s space-related exhibits:

  • Destination: Space!highlights the art and science of space exploration and features three special exhibitions: Sun, Earth, Universe; Planetary Landscapes: Works by Ned Kahn; and One Giant Leap: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary
  • Planet Walk, one of the Montshire’s five nature trails, is a scale-model journey of the solar system that starts from the Sun and goes all the way to the Kuiper Belt.

From meteorites to moon maps, astronomers to astronaut ice cream, it will be a day full of exciting science experiences as we celebrate one of the greatest accomplishments in space exploration!

The Montshire’s Apollo 11 50thAnniversary is sponsored by Novo Nordisk.


Special Guest Presentations

11am History of the Apollo Space Program (Community Room)
The Apollo 11 Moon landing was the culmination of a decade of NASA space programs. Learn about the many steps it took to get the first human to the Moon.
1pm A Day in the Life of an Astronomer (Community Room)
What happens during the course of an astronomer’s day? Meet guest astronomers from Dartmouth College and find out. Ask about their day-to-day work with outer space!
3pm Meet an Astronaut (Community Room)
Hear first-hand from local astronaut Jay Buckey about what it’s like to live in space and look down on planet Earth.

Hands-on Activities Throughout the Day

10:30am–12pm Moon Maps (Hughes Pavilion)
Explore the surface of the Moon using maps, globes, and apps and discover where astronauts have landed.
10:30am–12pm Phases of the Moon (Science Discovery Lab)
Make your own model of the Earth, Moon and Sun to explore the phases of the Moon.
11am–3:30pm Stomp Rockets (Hughes Pavilion)
Build and launch miniature paper models of the Saturn V rocket that took the first astronauts to the Moon.
11am–3:30pm Moon Crafts (Science Park Patio)
Create your own Moon print, highlighting the geography of the Moon.
1:30pm–4pm Meteorites (Science Discovery Lab)
Hold pieces of outer space in the palm of your hand—including a rare lunar meteorite!
2pm–4pm What’s Up in Tonight’s Sky (2nd Floor)
Get ready for some Moon gazing as we follow the path of the Moon across tonight’s sky.