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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’s Cardboard City Explores Urban Planning and Design

On Saturday, March 31, discover your inner architect and urban planner at the Montshire Museum of Science’s special event Cardboard City. Experience the process of creating a 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 busses. Create amazing 3D structures out of the simplest tools and materials: cardboard, tape, and scissors. It’s a large-scale, participatory art, design, and architecture project where participants are both the audience and creators.

At Cardboard City, visitors will:

  • work together to plan, create, and build their own structures to construct a model city.
  • think like engineers, planners, and architects as they 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!”

Cardboard City guests will include the firms Doug Sonsalla at Studio Nexus Architects + Planners, LLC and Dan Haedrich at BackTilt Studio.