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The Montshire Museum of Science forges and empowers lifelong learners through engagement with science.

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 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is supported by admission, membership, grants, and charitable contributions.


This Fall Season, the Montshire Museum of Science Offers Special Events, Virtual Programs, and Opportunities to View Fall Foliage

As summer comes to an end, the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont looks ahead to a new season of science discovery through special events that celebrate science exploration, in-person and virtual education programs, and exciting visitor experiences, including viewing beautiful fall foliage on the Montshire trails. The Museum will also shift to new seasonal hours, starting September 7, and say farewell to the popular special exhibition, Summer of Dinosaurs, which closes on September 26.

Special Events

From October through January, the Montshire will host special events that give visitors the opportunity to dive into exciting science topics, such as insects, wind power, and outer space!

  • Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 2, combines science and history through a day of ancient artifacts and hands-on demonstrations, with special guest, Vermont State Archeologist Jess Robinson.
  • A Day of Flight on Saturday, November 6, gives visitors the chance to explore the concepts behind the Air Works exhibition and to build a variety of contraptions that can soar through the museum.
  • Astronomy Day on Saturday, December 11, offers a day of planetary and astronomical exploration through activities that cover topics from stars to planets, comets to meteorites.
  • Creepy Crawly Craft Party on Saturday, January 8, merges science and art with insect-inspired craft projects and a visit to the Montshire’s live insect colonies.

Science Education Programs

The Montshire’s fall science education programs enrich children’s engagement with STEM learning through a wide range of activities and topics, from exploring the natural world to creating machines and space-inspired art. Both in-person and virtual fall programs will be available throughout the season. Programs include Insect Adventures, Nature Inspired Design, Test Tube Science, Pinball Wizard, and Rolling with Physics.

Visitor Experiences

This fall, the Montshire is excited to welcome back to its galleries some of its most beloved experiences— select exhibits from Making Music, the complete Solve It! exhibition, and the Science Discovery Lab’s return indoors in October. The Montshire trails continue to delight, especially with the change in season. Gaze at the beautiful hues of red and orange foliage while examining trailside exhibits or enjoying the expansive views of the Connecticut River.

Starting Tuesday, September 7, the Montshire will be closed on Tuesdays until spring, with the exception of school holiday weeks. And Sunday, September 26, will be the final day of the special exhibition Summer of Dinosaurs.

For details and up-to-date information, please visit the museum’s website.