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Planetary Landscapes: Works by Ned Kahn

Imagine passing your hand through a cauldron of billowing fog, activating a vortex akin to the dust devils in Jupiter’s atmosphere, or sculpting sand dunes like those on Mars. Internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn brings these experiences to life through the exhibition Planetary Landscapes.

Kahn’s interactive sculptures are designed to explore, in constantly varying patterns, the dynamic forces that shape our solar system. In Planetary Landscapes, Ned Kahn has created an entire family of artwork that brings vast natural processes within our reach, and sends our imaginations on a journey through the cosmos.

In this three-part in-person program for children ages 4-5 and an adult, we will mix, experiment and get messy with science. Each week we will focus on different experiments using a variety of “ingredients” as we concoct all sorts of potions, mixtures and messes as we answer the wonderful question “What happens if …?”

For ages 4-5 with an adult

Limited to 5 pairs

Friday, November 6, 13 and 20: 10:30-11:30am

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The Montshire is pleased to host Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, presented by the Hanover High School Footlighters.

The show will take place outdoors, in the Hughes Pavilion, rain or shine. Please bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes, and plan to spread out on the Mertz Meadow next to the Pavilion.

Show times are Saturday, 10/17 at 11am and 2pm, and Sunday, 10/18 at 2pm.

A reduced Museum admission fee is offered to attendees: $10 per person; free for Montshire members.

The Montshire is pleased to host Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, presented by the Hanover High School Footlighters.

The show will take place outdoors, in the Hughes Pavilion, rain or shine. Please bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes, and plan to spread out on the Mertz Meadow next to the Pavilion.

Show times are Saturday, 10/17 at 11am and 2pm, and Sunday, 10/18 at 2pm.

A reduced Museum admission fee is offered to attendees: $10 per person; free for Montshire members.

The Light Around Us explores both the physics of light and how we see it. Experiment with color, shadows, prisms, and the light beyond the rainbow.

Light carries information from the world to our eyes and brains. Seeing colors and shapes is second nature to us, yet light is a perplexing phenomenon when we study it more closely. The interactive exhibits that make up The Light Around Us exhibition demonstrate some of the common properties of light, such as absorption, reflection, refraction, and diffraction. Visitors can bend and bounce light rays using lenses and mirrors, block or change the color of everyday objects, separate white light into colors, and create shadows of overlapping color.

The Light Around Us also explores light beyond the visible spectrum, such as ultraviolet light, and how this light energy can affect our health.

The Light Around Us: Color, Reflections, and Invisible Energy exhibition was created by the Montshire Museum with support from the National Institutes of Health

Explore force and motion as we apply scientific principles of equilibrium, stability, center of balance, and gravity to our focused engineering and tinkering time together. Engaging challenges at the start of each in-person session will allow us to gain familiarity with the properties of the materials we have to build with, and help generate ideas on how they may be integrated into larger projects, as we engineer kinetic sculptures and mechanisms.

Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, November 4, 11, and 18.

12-15 year olds

Limit: 8 participants

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

From stripes on a crosswalk to stripes on a zebra, we live in a world of patterns. In this three part maker-based series, we will explore the science, beauty and utility of patterns. Projects include, creating patterned paper with found objects, making origami structures with unique materials, and exploring the hidden patterns in our daily lives by collecting and displaying our own data in creative, visual ways. Materials will be provided and the workshop will be conducted via Zoom.

Ages 9-12, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30, November 3, 10, and 17

3-week sessions, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three week virtual workshop series that combines natural history and making. In your materials kit you’ll have everything you need to create your own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly hairy bodies of bugs.

Ages 6-8, Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, November 3, 10, 17

3-week sessions, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Ages 4-5 + caregiver

Does your little one like to experiment and create things? If so, join us in our Mini-Makers program. This three-part virtual program is for children ages 4-5 and an adult to design and create together. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. Using a variety of special materials that we provide, each mini-maker will use their imagination to create projects that inspire confidence and extended play, such as toys, puppets and sculptures. Materials will be provided and the program will be conducted via Zoom.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00am-9:30am, November 2-18

3-week session, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Does your little one like to experiment and create things? If so, join us in our Mini-Makers program. This three-part in-person program is for children ages 4-5 and an adult to design and create together. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. Using a variety of special materials that we provide, each mini-maker will use their imagination to create projects that inspire confidence and extended play, such as toys, puppets and sculptures.

Limit: 5 adult/children pairs

Fridays, October 16, 23 and 30

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Telehealth has rapidly expanded in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What advances have been made and how does this affect public health? What does this mean for how people visit with healthcare providers long after the pandemic?

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration information coming soon.

Speaker information coming soon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on vaccinations in the larger conversation of public health. Elizabeth Talbot (New Hampshire’s Deputy State Epidemiologist) and Christine Finley (Vermont Department of Health’s Immunization Program Director) discuss what vaccination research and initiatives are taking place regionally and nationally, what the future of a COVID-19 vaccine looks like, and how we can apply what we know from our experience with other vaccines to get the public vaccinated.

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

The program is produced and organized by the Montshire Museum of Science, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by 4pm on November 17.
Speakers:

Elizabeth Talbot, MD is an infectious diseases- and tropical medicine-trained internist, who has had extensive experience in international and domestic infectious disease control through outbreak investigation, clinical projects, research, and consultation. She trained at Duke University and with the Epidemic Intelligence Service during which she was stationed in Botswana with the CDC, then the World Health Organization before coming to Dartmouth where she is a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the Geisel School of Medicine. Since 2003, Dr. Talbot has been New Hampshire’s Deputy State Epidemiologist, where she is currently engaged in leadership for COVID-19 pandemic response.

Christine Finley, APRN, MPH, is the Immunization Program Director for the Vermont Department of Health, where she leads the program to work with families, health care providers, and community partners to make sure children and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases by increasing immunization coverage levels.

Health Research Live! is a program series that features community and regional scientific research about public health–but what exactly does the term public health mean? Aurora Drew (Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) and Alice Ely (Public Health Council of the Upper Valley) will discuss public health from both a world and local level, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted public health efforts in our community.

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

The program is produced and organized by the Montshire Museum of Science, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health.

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by 4pm on October 20.

Speakers:

Alice R. Ely, MPH, is Executive Director of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, which as one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks has quickly become the largest and broadest coalition of advocates on public and population health issues in the greater Upper Valley region. Alice received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aurora Drew, PhD. Aurora is on the faculty at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is a public health practitioner and teacher with a passion and experience bringing evidence to practice. She holds a PhD from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and a Master’s degree in Education from New York University. Aurora currently is a co-investigator in a study of infectious disease and opioid use in rural New England; teaches research methods and capstone classes in the public health and health data science programs at Dartmouth; consults with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network; and is a founding board member of Families First New England.

Artist Gardens in New England

Tuesday, November 3, 1pm

Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, Artist Gardens in New England, with Jana Milbocker & Joan Butler

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter, and others.

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens, a design firm, a lecturer, and the author of two books featuring garden destinations nationwide.

Joan Butler is a Massachusetts Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and past Chair of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is an accredited Flower Show Judge, and chaired the floral design competition at the Boston Flower Show.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Register for the program.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you a day before the program

The Art of Ikebana

Tuesday, October 6, 1pm via Zoom

Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, The Art of Ikebana, with Kaye Vosburgh

Kaye Vosburgh will introduce Sogetsu Ikebana with a lesson for beginners, followed by freestyle arrangements that are creative and express the artists’ ideas. The Sogetsu School was the first to break away from the traditional rule driven arrangements. Love of plant material and nature is still a central theme.

Kaye is a Sogetsu Ikebana teacher of the highest rank. She has been teaching Japanese flower arranging for 31 years. She is also a judge in the National Garden Clubs and instructs design and procedure for Flower Shows to the incoming judges. Kaye delights in sharing creative moments with others.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Register for the program.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you a day before the program.

Archaeology uses a variety of scientific skills and knowledge to examine artifacts from our human past - from arrowheads to bullets, pottery to toys. Celebrate Archaeology Month by meeting Vermont’s State Archaeologist Jess Robinson in a live webinar where you’ll have a chance to see artifacts, ask questions, and look back in time.

This webinar is free but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

This one-day Plein Air workshop will focus on painting the spectacular woods and water of the Montshire Museum’s beautiful campus. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor who will explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint for the duration of the class followed by a critique at the end of the session. Hands on assistance will be provided by the instructor. Though the workshop is open to all abilities, some experience with watercolors is suggested. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

For more information or to register please go to AVA’s website:

Spend the afternoon outside, while using a variety of medium - including acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and pencils - to capture the incredible Vermont fall landscape! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Open to kids ages 9-13. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum. All materials will be provided.

This program has several session options offered .

Session 1: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 1:30-3pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 3:30-5pm

Session 3: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 1:30-3pm

Session 4: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 3:30-5pm

To register or for more information please go to AVA’s education page.

Spend the afternoon outside, while using a variety of medium - including acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and pencils - to capture the incredible Vermont fall landscape! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Open to kids ages 9-13. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum. All materials will be provided.

This program has several session options offered.

Session 1: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 1:30-3pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 3:30-5pm

Session 3: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 1:30-3pm

Session 4: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 3:30-5pm

To register or for more information please go to AVA’s education page.

The Montshire is partnering with AVA Gallery & Art Center to offer a series of outdoor Plein Air painting classes for youth and adults. Programs invite you to notice and capture the hundred acres of the Museum’s grounds and trails in a whole new way! All classes are outdoors, limited to 6 participants, and taught by one of AVA’s skilled instructors. Montshire memberships are honored for a reciprocal discount.

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with oils! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Students are welcome to bring drawing materials as well. Class will start with a short painting demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. One morning class; open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Contact AVA Gallery to register.

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with pastels! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Class will start with a short pastel demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. Open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Wednesdays, September 16-October 14

10:30am-12:30pm

Please contact AVA Gallery to register

Montshire at Home: Virtual Workshop Series

M@H: Virtual Workshop Series is a multi-week virtual learning program, designed to engage learners in hands-on inquiry at home. Participants each receive a kit of uniquely chosen materials and supplies that support weekly inquiry-based activities focused on a STEM content theme. Montshire Educators provide live, on-screen engagement, where children are encouraged to share in their learning process and make discoveries with fellow learners, as well as weekly activities and prompts for off-screen exploration and extension of learning.

Program Features
Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

  • Weekly live on-screen engagement
  • Weekly Thematic Inquiry-Based STEM Activities & Extensions for off-screen exploration
  • A comprehensive kit of materials*, bundled by session, for learners to unpack and discover each week; designed to support learners’ full engagement in each activity
  • Weekly Guides & Checklists for kids and caregivers
  • Access to a private on-line community learning space

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with oils! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Students are welcome to bring drawing materials as well. Class will start with a short painting demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. Open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Thursdays, Sep 10-Oct 15 (no class Sep 24)

10:30am-12:30pm

Contact AVA Gallery to register:

Feel the force and uncover the cool math and patterns of STEM toys, as we explore balance through engineering! Using playground science, mechanical advantage, and a variety of unique materials, we will construct tools and toys to investigate physics and center of gravity.

Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 6, 13, 20, 27 (Program is Full)

Or Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (Canceled)

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members


Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Become a better observer of the natural world, using photography as your tool! Explore how changing your perspective and framing can alter what we notice and what we are able to encourage others to notice. Stretch yourself to capture new things, engage in supportive critique sessions to refine your practice! We will usephoto-editing software to manipulate our art into something all-together new. Each student will be encouraged to choose a compelling theme, special item or place in nature to document through a series of photographs as a culminating project. Students will need the following:

  • A device to take pictures (e.g. digital camera, phone, or tablet)
  • A way to transfer their photos to the computer they will be using to engage with the class for sharing and critique.
  • Access to a photo editing and altering program of their

    choice (we are happy to help you identify the best free app or program to meet your technical needs and requirements)

Ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October October 6, 13, 20, and 27

Or Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 7, 14, 21, and 28

Full scholarships available to Warm Welcome Members.

Become a better observer of the natural world, using photography as your tool! Explore how changing your perspective and framing can alter what we notice and what we are able to encourage others to notice. Stretch yourself to capture new things, engage in supportive critique sessions to refine your practice! We will use photo-editing software to manipulate our art into something all-together new. Each student will be encouraged to choose a compelling theme, special item or place in nature to document through a series of photographs as a culminating project. Students will need the following:

  • A device to take pictures (e.g. digital camera, phone, or tablet)
  • A way to transfer their photos to the computer they will be using to engage with the class for sharing and critique.
  • Access to a photo editing and altering program of their choice (we are happy to help you identify the best free app or program to meet your technical needs and requirements)

Ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Or Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 7, 14, 21, and 28

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members.

Feel the force and uncover the cool math and patterns of STEM toys, as we explore balance through engineering! Using playground science, mechanical advantage, and a variety of unique materials, we will construct tools and toys to investigate physics and center of gravity.

Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 6, 13, 20, 27 (Program is Full)
Or Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (Canceled)

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three part series that combines natural history and making. We’ll use the museum’s insect collection, live insects, and microscopes to get inspiration to create our own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Thursdays, December 3-17, 2020
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three part series that combines natural history and making. We’ll use the museum’s insect collection, live insects, and microscopes to get inspiration to create our own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, December 3-17, 2020
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Up, Up, and engineer your way through a variety of challenges! Explore the science behind your favorite superhero or super-shero, build your own superhero action figures, and outfit them with the tools and gadgets to escape any situation! Each class, we’ll be presented with a new challenge to inspire our engineering solutions (and save our heros!).

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, November 5-19, 2020 (3 meetings)

Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm (Session Full)
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Up, Up, and engineer your way through a variety of challenges! Explore the science behind your favorite superhero or super-shero, build your own superhero action figures, and outfit them with the tools and gadgets to escape any situation! Each class, we’ll be presented with a new challenge to inspire our engineering solutions (and save our heros!).

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, November 5-19, 2020 (3 meetings)
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm (Session Full)
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The museum’s rock collection will be the focus of this four-week series on Earth Science. We’ll explore the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks as we study the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics. Students will get to use tools from microscopes to identification keys, maps to models.

Limit: 8 Participants

Thursdays, October 8-29, 2020 (4 meetings)

Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm, Full, waitlist only
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The museum’s rock collection will be the focus of this four-week series on Earth Science. We’ll explore the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks as we study the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics. Students will get to use tools from microscopes to identification keys, maps to models.

Limit: 8 Participants

Thursdays, October 8-29, 2020 (4 meetings)
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm - Full, waitlist only
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Join your young scientist in exploring the beautiful diversity of insects in this four-week virtual workshop series that combines nature and art. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. In your materials kit you’ll have everything you need to create your own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the colorful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Limit: 6 participant pairs

The class meets on Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-9:30 from October 5-October 28 (2 session/week for 4 weeks).

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members.


Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden

Tuesday, September 8, 1pm on ZOOM


Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden, with author and designer Bill Noble

For thirty years Bill Noble has worked as a garden designer and preservationist. As Director of Preservation for the Garden Conservancy he was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of dozens of gardens throughout the United States.

Bill began his career working in the gardens of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and other artists in the Cornish, New Hampshire Artists’ Colony. He then went on to become the first landscape director at The Fells, on Lake Sunapee.

His Norwich, Vermont garden is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, House & Garden Magazine, The New York Times and the Garden Conservancy’s book, Outstanding American Gardens. He has now written and photographed ​Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden,​ chronicling the making of his gardens.

Short Business Meeting and Program…....1:00

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Registration Coming Soon

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you a day before the program.

Grab your own table in the new 2nd floor Science Discovery Lab and engage in intensive hands-on activities for the entire family! From making toy parachutes to experimenting with electricity; exploring chemistry to examining ticks up close. And more! Sessions are limited to five families.

Join a Montshire science educator for a drop-in activity on the Science Park Terrace, where you can do everything from building boats to exploring fossils, using a microscope to touching giant cockroaches. One family at a time.

Exploring Pond life

A healthy pond, lake or river is full of life, but sometimes you have to slow down and look closely to find it. Once you start to notice the tiny creatures, be prepared to be amazed by the diversity of life in the water.

Explore an Aquatic Habitat

Get to know a pond, stream or river’s edge. Spend some time exploring and then record what you discover.

Amphibian Trivia

Do you know a mudpuppy from a bullfrog? Test your knowledge with the Amphibian Trivia activity sheet.

How Does Your Boat Float?

How many pennies can your aluminum foil boat hold before it sinks?

Little Boats

Make your own little boat to test how it floats down a stream, around a lake, or in your bathtub.

Rubber Band Boat

Build and experiment with your own rubber band powered boat.

Program Policies and Expectations

Montshire Museum of Science is incorporating the following policies and expectations into our in-person programming.


Masks

All program participants, Montshire staff, and adults who are picking up or dropping off a participant must wear a mask.

Daily Health Screening

All participants and staff will have their temperature taken and a health screening as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F will be sent home. In addition they will need they to confirm their current health and possible exposure to anyone who has been sick with Covid 19.

Vermont Quarantine Rule

Vermont has a complicated quarantine rule for those who have travelled outside of the area anytime in the last 14 days. Refer to Vermont’s public health response regarding travel to the state for updated information. Please note these restrictions may change over time and we expect all families to comply with the requirements at the time of their child’s program. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us at registrations@montshire.org.

Participant Code of Conduct

Please help your child prepare for attending an in-person program by practicing wearing masks at home, and talking about the following appropriate behaviors. Before the start of a program, ensure your child is ready to comply with all aspects of the participant code. Children unable to follow these guidelines will not be able to participate in our programs.

All participants will be required to:
Wear Masks Wear Masks: Children will be expected to wear masks that fit appropriately, covering the mouth and nose, and that they can put on and take off independently.
Physical Distance Participants and staff must strive to maintain a 6 feet distance from others. Although we cannot guarantee that children will maintain this distance, we will enforce these requirements when possible, and to the extent possible. Personal belongings will also be spaced apart from others, and may only be touched by the owner.
Wash Hands Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Participants will be required to wash/sanitize their hands on arrival and throughout the program time and will be expected to know how to do this properly.

What the Montshire is Doing to Ensure Safety.

  • We are limiting programs to 10 or fewer participants.
  • We plan to use outdoor spaces when possible.
  • We will have a large indoor space dedicated to program use that museum visitors will not access.
  • We have greatly increased our cleaning and disinfection schedules.

Save an Ice Cube: An Engineering Challenge​

Sometimes it is important to figure out how to keep things cool on a hot day.

In this experiment and engineering challenge you are going to design a way to keep an ice cube from melting.

Download the activity guide and inventor’s planning sheet to get started!

Melting and Freezing Experiments

What happens to everyday solids and liquids when exposed to the heat or cold?

Download the activity guide to find out!

Assortment of items to melt and freeze.

Design a Solar Cooker

In this engineering activity, you will need to design a solar oven that gets hot enough to melt marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores.

Download the activity guide and inventor’s planning sheet to start cooking!

Who’s That Tree?

Learn to identify the trees in your neighborhood while playing a game of Tree Bingo.

Don’t leaf without downloading the activity guide!

Pine Cone Scavenger Hunt

Delve into the science of pine cones. What types of coniferous trees live near you?

Download the activity guide to get started!

Everything About My Tree

Just like people no two trees are the same.

Download the activity guide and record details of your favorite tree!

Grab your own table in the new 2nd floor Science Discovery Lab and engage in intensive hands-on activities for the entire family! From making toy parachutes to experimenting with electricity; exploring chemistry to examining ticks up close. And more! Sessions are limited to five families.

Stop by the Science Park Terrace to take part in a hands-on activity with a Montshire science educator.

Stop by the Science Park Terrace to take part in a hands-on activity with a Montshire science educator.

The Montshire Museum of Science will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8, offering an enhanced outdoor experience that includes David Goudy Science Park and miles of nature trails, as well as two new features — the special exhibition Prehistoric Giants and the forest play area, The Play Grove. Members will have the first opportunity to visit, from July 1 to July 5, during Member Appreciation Week.

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, the Museum has made some changes to hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies. Indoor exhibits will remain temporarily closed, while the Montshire focuses on providing a memorable and engaging outdoor experience.

Museum Changes

The Montshire will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. It will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, however summer camps will still take place on these days. To celebrate the Museum reopening, a promotional rate of $14 for adults and $11 for children will be available for the month of July. Admission is free for members and children under the age of 2.

The Museum is implementing a timed ticketing system to ensure that visitors can safely maintain social distancing. All visitors, including members, are required to pre-register. Tickets must be reserved in advance for either a morning arrival (10am–12:30pm) or an afternoon arrival (1:30–4pm). Tickets may be purchased or reserved up to three days prior to a visit. Visitors may arrive at any time during the arrival window chosen, and can stay until the Museum closes at 4pm. Detailed instructions are available on the Museum website.

The Montshire requires visitors who are age three and older to wear a face covering or mask when inside the building. Face coverings and masks are encouraged outside and required when interacting with Museum staff or other visitors. One-way directional traffic will be maintained in the building and in some outdoor spaces.

To encourage healthy hand hygiene, the Montshire has upgraded restrooms with many touchless features. The Museum has also increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building and grounds.

Detailed visitor guidelines are available on the Montshire website.

What’s New at the Montshire

This summer, the Montshire is offering even more outdoor experiences through a special exhibition, a forest-inspired play area, selections from Bubbles: Science in Soap exhibition in an outdoor setting, and learning experiences designed for families.

Prehistoric Giants

Step back in time when you visit Prehistoric Giants, featuring larger-than-life sculptures by New Hampshire-based artist Bob Shannahan. This outdoor exhibition explores life from the prehistoric past through pieces created from various natural materials. While strolling through the Montshire’s David Goudy Science Park, be on the lookout for a towering Irish elk, an American camel (ancestor of modern camels and llamas), a powerful short-faced bear, and a mighty mastodon.

Shannahan has been making and exhibiting his animal sculptures in New England for the past fifteen years. They are an extension of his landscape work and his work with school gardens. Though primarily self-taught, he has studied at the New Hampshire Art Institute and the Boston Institute of Art.

The Play Grove

The Play Grove is a whimsical nature play area nestled at the intersection of the Meadow Walk and River Loop Trails. Through colorful ribbons, fanciful structures, and a variety of activities rooted in informal science learning, visitors can explore, imagine, and play in a scenic woodland setting. Test grace and agility through a path of wood beams, colorful tree trunks, and logs. Use colorful stacking wood to create a structure, a game, or whatever the imagination conjures. Build a gnome home using a mix of natural objects found in the forest. Or take a quiet break on colorful hammocks as you sway along with the riverside breeze.

Bubbles at the Hughes Pavilion

Learn the joy, wonder, and science that can be found through just soap and water at one of the Montshire’s popular exhibitions, Bubbles: Science in Soap — now located outdoors in the Hughes Pavilion.

Education Programming for Families

The Museum will offer a variety of science programs and activities. Visitor groups can engage in hands-on, inquiry-based science activities, designed especially for families. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to use informal learning activities included in the visitor guide to further explore and investigate the Montshire’s exhibits and grounds.

The Play Grove is a whimsical nature play area nestled at the intersection of the Meadow Walk and River Loop Trails. Explore, imagine and more through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Balance & Jump — Test your grace and agility through a path of wood beams, colorful tree trunks, and logs.

  • Stacking Wood — Use a variety of colorful stacking wood to create a structure, a game, or anything else you can imagine.

  • Ribbon Room — The woods can become a magical place when you walk through the colorful entrance to this special space.

  • Gnome Homes — At this unique open workshop, build a structure for your favorite gnome or fairy using a variety of natural objects found in the forest.

  • Play House — Enter this charming structure constructed with forest material and and let your imagination run wild as you play.

  • Hammocks — Take a quiet break on our colorful hammocks and sway along with the riverside breeze.

  • Swing — Release your inner adventurer as you swing from a tree and prepare for your day of exploration.

This summer, join us for a rich outdoor experience for all ages.

  • Enjoy water and sound exhibits in David Goudy Science Park
  • Revel in nature’s beauty on our miles of walking trails
  • Marvel at larger-than-life animal sculptures with a new outdoor special exhibition
  • Participate in learning experiences specially designed for your family

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, we’ve made some changes to our hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies.

Learn more on our Visit page!

Thank you to our members! We appreciate your support and we’re dedicating a week for you. Join us from July 1 to July 5 for Member Appreciation Week.

This summer, you can:

  • enjoy water and sound exhibits in David Goudy Science Park
  • revel in nature’s beauty on our miles of walking trails
  • marvel at larger-than-life animal sculptures with a new outdoor special exhibition
  • participate in learning experiences specially designed for your family

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, we’ve made some changes to our hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies. Our indoor exhibits will remain temporarily closed, while we focus on providing a rich outdoor experience.

Learn more on our Visit page!

What to Expect When You Visit

We are eager to see our visitors again, but we want to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the Museum. We ask that visitors respectfully follow our new policies.

Visitors should not enter the Montshire building or grounds if they are unwell or showing any symptoms of illness.

Vermont has unique quarantine rules for out-of-state visitors. Please review Vermont’s guidelines on cross state travel.

What to Expect When You Visit

Face Coverings and Masks

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread, we require that visitors over the age of three wear a face covering or mask when inside the building. Face coverings and masks are highly encouraged outside and we ask that you wear them when interacting with Museum staff or other visitors.

Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is crucial in mitigating the spread of infection. We ask that all visitors wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry. We have upgraded our restrooms with touchless features and have increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout our building and grounds.

Maintain Social Distance

Social distancing has proven to be an effective measure in decreasing the risk of infection. We are limiting one visitor group per exhibit and ask that visitor groups stay together (all children must stay with adults at all times). We are also maintaining one-way directional traffic in the building and in some outdoor spaces

Limit Contact with Surfaces

Personal items must be kept with visitors at all times. The coat room is closed. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building.

​Group Visits

We are pleased to welcome groups of 9-20 visitors, but our process has changed. Please note the following guidelines.

One contact person must call ahead to make a reservation: 802-649-2200, and then reconfirm by phone three days in advance. Upon confirmation, the Montshire will take your payment and review the visitor guidelines.

  • Groups of 20 or fewer are welcome under your reservation.
  • At least one adult for every four children is required (1:4 adult/child ratio).
  • Visitors must navigate the museum in these small “family sized” sub-groups, which will begin their visit in different exhibit areas.
  • Two entry times are available: 11am or 2pm (one group per entry time).
  • A Montshire Explainer will meet your group in front of the Museum for a welcome and orientation.

Welcome to the Montshire!

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, we’ve made some changes to our hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies. Both our indoor galleries and outdoor experiences are currently open.

Tickets can be purchased up to three days in advance.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Hours

The Montshire is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

  • Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance for a morning arrival (10am–1pm) or afternoon arrival (1–4pm).
  • You may arrive at any time during the session you have chosen, and you may stay as long as you wish until the Museum closes at 4pm.
  • We will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Admission

General Admission

October 7 through mid-June

  • $16 for adults
  • $13 for children 2–17
  • Free for members and children under 2 years of age.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Purchasing or Reserving Tickets

All visitors, including members, must pre-register for a visit to the Montshire to ensure that visitors can maintain social distancing. Tickets can be purchased up to three days in advance.

Use this link to pre-register.

1. Enter your name and contact information.

2. Choose a date to visit, and a time frame in which to arrive.

3. Enter the total number of visitors in your party, including children under age 2. The form will adjust the pricing as you answer each of the questions.

4. Check the appropriate box(es) to tell us who is visiting.

5. If you are a member, enter your group size (as allowed by your membership), and your membership ID number (found on your membership card and emailed to you on June 22, 2020).

6. If you are not a member, tell us if and how many children are visiting with you so that the pricing can be adjusted.

7. Carefully review the Visitor Guidelines, and check the box to verify that you have read and agree to the Guidelines.

8. Enter your payment information and submit the form. You will receive confirmation by email.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + ​Directions and Parking

The Montshire’s address is One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055. Free parking is available at the Museum.

The Museum is conveniently located just off Interstate 91 at Exit 13 (look for the “Museum of Science” signs) in Norwich, Vermont, five miles north of White River Junction. The Museum is directly across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College.

Public transportation options are available via Advance Transit buses, which stop at the top of Montshire Road each weekday (except major holidays). Advance Transit riders should plan for a five-minute walk from the bus stop to the Museum entrance.

Read more for detailed driving directions.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Accessibility

At the Montshire, we believe that joyful moments of learning and discovery should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’ve taken care to expand access and to ensure that the experiences we offer are relevant, comfortable, and welcoming for all visitors.

Visit our Museum Accessibility page for more information.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Museum Rules

We are eager to see our visitors again, and we want to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the Museum. We respectfully ask that visitors follow our new policies.

Visitors should not enter the Montshire building or grounds if they are unwell or showing any symptoms of illness.

Face Coverings and Masks

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread through respiratory droplets, we require that visitors over the age of three wear a face covering or mask when inside the building. Face coverings and masks are highly encouraged outside and we ask that you wear them when interacting with Museum staff or other visitors.

Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is crucial in mitigating the spread of infection. We ask that all visitors wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry. We have upgraded our restrooms with touchless faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers, and have increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout our building and grounds.

Maintain Social Distance

Social distancing has proven to be an effective measure in decreasing the risk of infection. We are limiting one visitor group per exhibit and ask that visitor groups stay together (all children must stay with adults at all times). We are also maintaining one-way directional traffic in the building and in some outdoor spaces

Limit Contact with Surfaces

To avoid the spread of infections, we are taking steps to limit visitor contact with surfaces. The coat room will be closed and there will be no personal storage in the Museum. No eating and drinking will be allowed inside the Museum building.

General Rules
  • It is our expectation that adults attend children at all times.
  • No pets, except service animals, are permitted in the building or on the trails.
  • Smoking is permitted in the parking lot only.

​Download the Visitor Guide

More to Explore

Camp Policies and Expectations

Montshire Museum of Science is incorporating the following policies and expectations into our camp programming.

Masks

All campers, Montshire staff, and adults who are picking up or dropping off a camper must wear a mask. If your child has a medical condition that precludes them wearing a mask you must contact us before camp starts. Mask breaks (during meals and various points throughout the day) will be provided when we can ensure physical distancing outside.

Daily Health Screening

All campers and staff will have their temperature taken and a health screening as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F will be sent home.

Vermont Quarantine Rule

If you reside outside of Vermont or the greater Upper Valley of New Hampshire and are visiting from elsewhere, be aware of the current quarantine requirement established by the State of Vermont: Children who arrive from out of state need to quarantine for 14 days or be tested at day 7 before entering summer programs. Vermont has recently lifted this restriction for those coming from certain rural counties in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. Refer to Vermont’s public health response regarding travel to the state for updated information. Please note these restrictions may change over time and we expect all camp families to comply with the requirements at the time of their child’s camp. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us at registrations@montshire.org.

Extended Care

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer extended care (before camp hours, 8:15am-9:00am; or after camp hours, 3:00pm-5:15pm) this summer. We will refund payments for this service.

Camper Code of Conduct

For many, summer camp will be the first time children will be back in a group setting in more than three months. It will be difficult to avoid returning to pre-pandemic social behaviors, so please help your child prepare for camp by practicing wearing masks at home, and talking about the following appropriate camp behaviors. Before the start of camp, ensure your child is ready to comply with all aspects of the camper code. Campers unable to follow these guidelines will not be able to participate in our camp program this summer.

All Campers will be required to:
Wear Masks Wear Masks: Children will be expected to wear masks that fit appropriately, covering the mouth and nose, and that they can put on and take off independently. Masks will be removed for meal and water breaks, during swimming/water play, and for activities like journaling, that allow proper distancing.
Physical Distance Campers and staff must strive to maintain a 6 feet distance from others. Although we cannot guarantee that children will maintain this distance, we will enforce these requirements when necessary, and to the extent possible. Personal belongings will also be spaced apart from others, and may only be touched by the owner.
Wash Hands Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Campers will be required to wash/sanitize their hands multiple times throughout the day and will be expected to know how to do this properly.

What the Montshire is Doing to Ensure Safety

  • Camp groups will not interact with other camps at the museum and will be completely separated from museum visitors.
  • Each camp has dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces, and a set of bathrooms that no other group or visitor may access.
  • We are limiting group sizes to 15 or fewer campers.
  • We have greatly increased our cleaning and disinfection schedules.

Color Scavenger Hunt

The science of color can be found in natural materials, like the foods you eat and plants that grow around you.

Download our color wheel and head outside on a nature color scavenger hunt.

​Plant Pounding

Chlorophyll is the green pigment we are most familiar with in plants. But flowers have different pigments in them that give them their beautiful colors.

Experiment with capturing pigments from different plant parts to create botanical art!

Cabbage Juice Chemistry

Cabbage — a delicious vegetable or a crazy color changing chemical? Make your own purple cabbage juice to use as a colorful pH indicator and try some kitchen chemistry at home. Download the activity sheet to get started!

Plant-Based Paints

Create your own watercolors using pigment that you extract from plants! Download our activity sheet and learn how.

Compost Color

Don’t throw that avocado pit away! Use your food scraps to add color to old napkins, clothing or pillowcases.

We call the colors we find in plants, pigments. People have been using the pigments found in plants to produce paint, ink, and dye for thousands of years. Pigments can come from all the different parts of the plant: seeds, roots, stems, bark, leaves, and flowers.

Plant-based pigments can be found in some of the things we might think of as food-waste, like avocado skins and pits, onion skins, and old tea bags. We can use these things to give fabrics, like old clothes, napkins, or linens, a new life!

Download our activity sheet to get started.