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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.


Unlock Puzzles and Put Your Brain to the Test 
at the Montshire’s New Exhibition, Mindbender Mansion

On Saturday, May 25, enter the wonderful and wacky world of Mister E. and the Mindbender Society when the Montshire Museum of Science opens the special exhibition, Mindbender Mansion.

Mindbender Mansion invites you into an eclectic world of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the eleven individual brain teasers and the three group activities in this fun and unconventional new exhibition. STEM-based educational content is woven throughout.

Visitors to Mindbender Mansion will be greeted by the wacky Mr. E., master brainteaser and puzzler extraordinaire, and current curator of the Mindbender Society. He will explain the mysteries of Mindbender Mansion and how to become a member of the eccentric Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords. The clues can only be found by solving key puzzles found in select themed areas.

Throughout the exhibit visitors will find a combination of tabletop brainteasers they can solve on their own and larger group challenges that require assistance from their fellow mansion guests.

The group challenges include:

  • Feeding Frenzy – Kitchen mayhem is guaranteed in a race to beat the clock by filling dinner trays (with five kinds of food) on a fast-moving conveyer belt.
  • Spelling Fever – Hopscotch meets Scrabble® in this race to spell correct words within a limited amount of time by hopping on letter squares that light up.
  • Amazing Maze – In this version of the classic steel ball labyrinth game, visitors must work together to tilt a table in different directions, guiding a ball into six holes as quickly as possible.

Upon completing each of the select brainteasers and group challenges, visitors will have gathered the necessary clues and secret passwords to become a member of the Mindbender Society and add their portrait to the “Wall of Fame.”

Mindbender Mansion was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon.

Mindbender Mansion opens May 25, 2019 and closes September 2, 2019. In addition to providing a fun, interactive experience, this visiting exhibition challenges visitors to use their skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.

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