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Membership FAQs

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Which member option should I choose?

Membership is an important way to belong to a community of people who appreciate the importance of science, and to be part of an important community organization.

When choosing a membership, we recommend that you think carefully about your goals. Are you seeking the greatest number of benefits for the lowest cost? Or, would you like to support Montshire’s educational mission? If so, a donor-level membership may be right for you.

Review the benefits closely. How many family members and/or friends will visit the Museum at one time? You may wish to select a Membership that admits more or fewer people per visit than your family size.

You have the ability to upgrade your membership at any time. It’s easy to upgrade to the next level and bring up to two more people for each visit.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Can I give my membership card to others to use?

No. Montshire memberships and member benefits are not transferrable to other individuals, groups, or organizations. Cards may not be passed to friends, relatives, or others for admission privileges. Your membership cannot be used to obtain discounts for other friends or relatives. At least one adult listed on your membership card must be present for each visit. If you would like your children to attend the Museum without you, please purchase a Caregiver Card.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Why do you offer a Caregiver Card? How does it work?

Many families request that a baby sitter or grandparent bring their children when parents are not available. We want you to visit often!

With a Caregiver Card, you can extend your admission privileges to allow your caregiver to bring your children (under age 18) to the Museum without paying an admission fee. The $30 fee is paid annually and the card is used in conjunction with your membership. The card will have the same expiration date as your membership. (Be sure to send both cards with your caregiver!) Depending on the number of visits your caregiver makes, this could result in significant cost savings over admission fees.

The number of escorted children is limited to the number on the membership card.

Donors who give $250 or more receive a complimentary Caregiver Card and several free, single-use admission passes, along with their membership. This adds even greater flexibility.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + I have a large family and I’m not sure which membership to choose. What are my options?

Children under age 2 are admitted free and do not need to be counted toward your group total.

If you contribute $250 or more, you will receive a complimentary membership, several free, single-use admission passes, and a complimentary Caregiver Card. This option offers additional flexibility that may work for a large family. And you’ll also have the satisfaction of making a charitable gift.

A passbook of 12 admission passes for $180 is another option. The passes have no expiration date and offer savings on admission fees.

Groups of 10 or more qualify for our group rate.

If you find it difficult to make a selection for your circumstances, please call the Membership Department at 802-649-2200. We are happy to assist.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How do I purchase a gift membership?

A Montshire membership is a great way to enjoy rewarding family experiences at the Museum all year long. As a member, you receive unlimited visits plus special savings on programs and purchases. You can give these benefits to family members and friends by purchasing a gift membership.

Your recipient will receive a personalized membership card along with a message from you.

Please complete and submit this secure form to renew or to initiate a gift membership.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Why should I consider a donor-level membership?

Admission and membership fees do not cover the full cost of operations. Donors to The Montshire Fund make it possible for the Museum to advance its educational mission. Donors also help us reach families in need and provide Museum access to people of all income levels.

Donor-level memberships underwrite free passes to social service agencies, scholarships to Montshire programs, and school outreach programs. These memberships also allow the Museum to maintain affordable general admission fees.

If you contribute $250 or more, you will receive all membership benefits, free, single-use admission passes, and a complimentary Caregiver Card.

Become a donor-level member.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Do you offer a pass for library patrons?

Libraries have several options.

1) Passbooks contain 12, one-time use admission passes that never expire. They are sold at a discounted rate of $180.

2) Low-income families with an EBT or adult Medicaid Card or a letter confirming eligibility for the Free or Reduced Price School Meals Program are offered $3/person admission or a $30 membership. Note that WIC, P-EBT and Dr. Dynasaur are not accepted. Learn more, and download a flyer for your library and help us spread the word!

Plus (click or tap to expand) + I still have questions. Who do I ask?

Please contact the membership department at 802-649-2200, email Joan Toland, Membership Associate, at, or email Courtney Adams, Director of Donor and Member Relations, at

Join or renew your membership now.