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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 Focuses on Sustainable Design at Cardboard City, a Family Event

On Saturday, April 6, from 11am to 3pm, discover your inner architect and urban planner at the Montshire Museum of Science’s special event Cardboard City. Experience the process of creating a sustainable city, from planning and design to building and construction.

Transform the Montshire into a model city made of cardboard! Develop your design, obtain approval from the city planning board, then build your own free-standing structure that will join other buildings, parks, bridges, boats, and buses. Create amazing 3D structures out of cardboard, tape, and scissors. It’s a large-scale, participatory art, design, and architecture project in which participants are both the audience and creators.

At Cardboard City, you can:

  • work together to plan, create, and build your own structures to construct a city designed for sustainability.
  • think like engineers, planners, and architects as you add to the design of a livable city.
  • be inspired by architectural drawings and urban plans provided by local architects and planners.

Greg DeFrancis, Montshire’s Director of Education, uses this program to involve kids and families in engineering activities while thinking about environmental sustainability. “Cardboard City not only allows families to create and build together, but to then add their structures to a community-built temporary exhibit,” DeFrancis explains. “People are sharing ideas, learning from each other, and thinking about sustainable development. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate engineering and design skills into a real-world lesson about what a community needs!”