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.
The Montshire Museum of Science and other science museums around the country have positive impacts on the scientific literacy of the communities we serve. Science museums provide carefully designed spaces that encourage visitors and program participants of all ages to wrestle with challenging concepts and learn about unfamiliar phenomena. In fact, communities that encourage scientific literacy can help spur scientific breakthroughs by nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Organizations like the Montshire provide a critical link between the larger scientific community and the public, and they facilitate meaningful exchanges between scientists and their local communities. The work of these organizations is as important as ever in helping to validate scientific inquiry and the use of scientific processes in decision making.
The Montshire Museum of Science was established in 1976 to nurture an interest in and curiosity about the physical and natural world. From its inception, Montshire’s staff, volunteers, and supporters believed that the development of scientific literacy and appreciation should begin in childhood and continue through adulthood. Forty years later, we remain committed to this mission. To awaken and encourage a lifelong interest in science, we strive to spark an interest in how our world works, and then provide opportunities to deepen that understanding.
As you engage with a world in which the importance of facts has been brought into question, we encourage you to embrace science. The problem-solvers of the future will continue to rely on the ability to define key problems, gather evidence, test solutions, and communicate their ideas.