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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 Museum’s Machine Madness has grown into a week-long engineering celebration!

See what can happens as you work against the clock to build an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine inspired by Rube Goldberg's designs. The Machine Madness special event is taking place Sunday, December 27 through Friday, January 1 at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. Families get to spend one hour engineering and constructing their own link in the chain reaction using materials and tools provided by the Museum. At the end of each building session, your machine will be set off by the preceding machine, go through its sequence, and then trigger the start of the next machine to make a continuous chain reaction from the first machine to the last.

Building times begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., December 27 through January 1, with the chain reactions happening at the end of each one-hour building session. Families may sign up (first-come, first-served) at the Museum's front desk.

The final chain reaction takes place Friday, January 1, at 3 p.m. and will incorporate homemade contraptions with the successful elements created during the week. Machine Madness is free with Museum admission.

Contact with any questions or for help getting started with your homemade machine.

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