Mushroom Walk

Mushroom Walk Join expert Faith Hunt on this annual foray that will introduce you to a spectacular variety of local fungi. Learn More

Books and Beyond: Science for Preschoolers

Books and Beyond: Science for Preschoolers Discover an exciting new tale and the real science behind the story. Learn More

Color Mixing

Color Mixing Learn how to mix up colors! Learn More

Straw Rockets

Straw Rockets You've heard of paper airplanes, but how about paper rockets? Learn More

Hoopster Gliders

Hoopster Gliders Learn to build a glider that soars through the air! Learn More

Microscopic Investigations

Microscopic Investigations

We'll use hand lenses and microscopes to magnify different items. Discover a new world that can't be seen with the naked eye. 

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Sound Science

Sounds are all around us! Learn More

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror Use mirrors to investigate reflection and symmetry. Learn More

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

You will get a chance to handle real fossils from the Museum's collection and then use a variety of clues to uncover their origins. 

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Skulls

Skulls Learn about New England Wildlife as we examine their skeletal remains. Learn More

Homeschoolers’ Series: Earth Science (ages 9–12)

Join other homeschooled children in this three-part series focused on Earth Science. Learn More

Homeschoolers’ Series: Earth Science (ages 6–8)

Join other homeschooled children in this three-part series focused on Earth Science. Learn More

Homeschooler’s Series: Light and Illusion (3 part series begins)

Join other homeschoolers as we use mirrors and lenses to explore reflections, light, shadows, optical illusions, and color during this three-part program. Learn More

Take Apart Day

Take Apart Day Ever wonder what’s inside the household appliances you use every day? Learn More

Homeschoolers’ Series:  Aquatic Explorations (3 part series begins)

Explore our local aquatic world in this three-week series. Learn More

Lab Coat Investigations

Lab Coat Investigations An activity for adults and children 9 years of age and older. Learn More

Homeschoolers’ Day: Chemistry and Matter

Experiment with matter and discover chemistry at the Fall Homeschoolers' day, Tuesday, October 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Learn More

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day Dig into science and history on a day all about archaeology! Learn More

Afterschool Adventures (for K-2)

Afterschool Adventures (for K-2) A three-part series for kids who love "doing" science! Learn More

Inventors Afterschool begins

This three-part series empowers children who love building, tinkering, and figuring out how things work. Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Montshire Unleashed

Montshire Unleashed Unleash your curiosity at the Montshire’s evenings for adults. Experience the joy of discovery that comes from a trip to the Museum—at night! Learn More

Afterschool – Programming with Spheros begins

Learn the basics of programming as we use iPads to create code that controls the motion of small, spherical robots called Spheros. Learn More

Young Scientist Program - new session begins

Young Scientist Program  - new session begins A weekly program designed to ignite and foster young children’s curiosity about the physical and natural world. Learn More

Montshire Makers at the Hop

An ice skater, a tightrope walker, or even a basketball spinning on a finger can appear momentarily suspended in the air by magic, but it’s all about mass distribution and center of gravity (and lots of practice!). Experiment with the science of balance and play by using unique paper and metal materials to create a work of art that balances. No magic wand required.

Bring a friend for this very special Montshire Makers at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, which includes a ticket to a jaw-dropping performance by Cirque Mechanics.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Pre-registration will close on November 25. 

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Circus Science

Explore the scientific principles of balance. Learn all about how our own bodies balance. Create whimsical balancing toys. Investigate rotational motion by creating different spinning top designs.

This special program was developed in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts and inspired by the Cirque Mechanics production 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Schedule of Activities
11am: Balance
1pm: Tops
3pm: Balance

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Hanover Garden Club - The Flowering Amazon: Margaret Mee, Paintings from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Speaker: Ruth L. A. Stiff, Curator of International Exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (London)

Home to more than half of the world’s estimated million species of plants, animals, and insects, the Amazonian rain forest supports a biodiversity unparalleled by any other region in the world. British artist Margaret Mee cataloged and illustrated Amazonian plants and flowers. Mee created scientifically accurate botanical documents of extraordinary beauty.

Join us for a talk by Ruth Stiff on Mee’s remarkable work. Stiff is the Curator of International Exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London). She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and holds a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College.

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Hanover Garden Club - Floral of the Upper Valley: A Photographic Journey

Speaker: David Nelson, photographer

Plants blooming in situ are David Nelson’s inspiration. His love of plants, flowers and the outdoors motivate his photographic journeys throughout the Upper Valley. He is pleased to share his works with all and especially avid gardeners. Join us for his presentation.

David is retired and has been photographing the landscape of the Upper Valley for a number of years. He and his wife are delighted to live in such a beautiful area of New England and, in addition to review David’s photographs, enjoy time with family and friends.

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Hanover Garden Club - Cultivating Orchids Under Glass

Speaker: Kim DeLong, Manager of the Dartmouth Greenhouse

The beauty and drama of orchids captivates many gardeners. Enjoying their long-lasting blooms, especially in the winter season is a joy. Fellow garden club member and Dartmouth Greenhouse manager, Kim Delong will discuss the care and cultivation of these stunning plants.

Prior to Kim’s life at Dartmouth, she contemplated a mid-life career change. She knew she had to work with nature. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she started taking horticulture classes. At the same time, she began working at the greenhouses at the University of California, Berkeley. She has happily been surrounded by plants ever since.

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Hanover Garden Club - Gardening with Expertise and Ease: Growing Older with Your Garden

Speakers: Susan Edwards and Liz Knox

Hanover Garden Club members Susan Edwards and Liz Knox have been gardening all of their lives. Their gardens are delights and continue to inspire and give them and their family and friends joy. While they never intend to not garden, they both have developed interesting and informative techniques on how to garden with ease as one matures!

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Hanover Garden Club - Cows Save the Planet

Speaker: Judith Schwartz, author

Over time more CO2 has gone into the atmosphere from the soil compared to the burning of fossil fuels. Judith Schwartz’s first reaction was, “Why don’t I know this?” Her second was, “If this is true, can carbon be brought back to the soil?” Her book Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth looks at soil as a hub for our many environmental, economic and social challenges—and for solutions. 

Judith Schwartz lives and works on the side of a mountain in southern Vermont. She is a longtime member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Hanover Garden Club - The Cornish Colony and the Restoration of the Gardens at St. Gaudens

Speaker: Bill Noble, Garden Designer and Preservationist

Cornish Colony artists such as Augustus Saint Gaudens, Charles Platt, and Ellen Shipman shaped an influential new garden style out of ideas borrowed from Italy but made with native New England plants and materials. What looks comfortably old-fashioned today was at the leading edge of garden-making in its day. The site is recognized as one of the most beautiful cultural properties in the National Park Service. As gardener, Bill Noble has refurbished hundred-year-old hedges, instituted organic lawn care practices, and returned the artist’s intent to the exuberant flower gardens. Bill remains active as a Trustee of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial.

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Hanover Garden Club - Reconciling Urban Development with Conservation

Speaker: Susannah Lermer, PhD
Research Ecologist

Dr. Susannah Lermer’s research highlights strategies and tools for reconciling urban development with conservation. She explores the links between human management of the urban forest (e.g. yards, neighborhood parks and open space) and the health and success of native wildlife populations, and how these impacts subsequently feedback to influence people due to the role of biodiversity in delivering ecosystem services.

Dr. Lermer seeks opportunities to explain scientific findings to varying audiences while trying to facilitate connections between the publics' personal lives and the urban ecosystem.

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Shop, Save, Explore!

Shop, Save, Explore! Enjoy ALL-DAY savings in the Museum Store at this special event, coinciding with Museum Store Sunday Learn More

Chain Reactions: A Winter Break Event

Chain Reactions: A Winter Break Event Create an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine at our special winter break event Learn More

Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day Join us for a day of planetary and astronomical exploration Learn More

Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

Igloo Build and the Science of Winter Explore and enjoy the season with winter-related science and one of the museum's longest-running traditions—Igloo Build. Learn More

Montshire Makers

Montshire Makers Calling all middle schoolers: the studio is open! Come and spend Fridays exploring new skills and hanging out with friends. Learn More