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Warm Welcome Program

The Montshire is committed to ensuring that the meaningful experiences we offer are accessible to disadvantaged children and families.

Studies show that science museums are critically important elements of our educational infrastructure. People who are disadvantaged economically are less likely to have access to opportunities found in museums, which substantially undermines their learning and chances for school success. We address this challenge by offering Museum admission and education programs at fees that are set below the actual cost.

Donors make these programs possible.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Reduced Admission

The Montshire offers $3 admission and $20 memberships to individuals who show a Vermont or New Hampshire EBT or Medicaid Card (adult must be named on Medicaid card), or whose children qualify for the Free or Reduced Price School Meals program in our two states (bring a letter from your school or download a form). This initiative expands accessibility by supporting families who are not connected with a particular human service agency. Download a flyer for more information. (Some restrictions apply.)

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Free Passes

The Montshire partners with more than 110 human service agencies in Vermont and New Hampshire to provide free Museum admission passes to their clients. Over 3,000 people take advantage of this opportunity each year. Email us for an application to add your agency to this program.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Scholarships

The Montshire actively raises scholarship funds to ensure that children from families with low incomes can participate in Summer Camp and other educational programs. Many scholarship recipients are referred through our agency partners; others apply directly to the Museum for support.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Memberships

To encourage families to return for multiple visits, the Montshire offers $20 memberships to families who show a Vermont or New Hampshire EBT card for food assistance, adult Medicaid Card, or who qualify for the Free or Reduced Price School Meals program. Some restrictions apply.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Special Fees for Schools

For nearly 10 months of every year, K–12 schools are the Montshire’s strongest link to our region’s children. To ensure that all schools have affordable access to the Museum, we have established specially reduced rates for school groups that are just 50% of the actual cost. And for four weeks each winter, underfunded schools can take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Museum for an even lower fee.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Support for Other Nonprofits

As another way to strengthen our community, the Montshire provides support and Museum access to other charitable organizations. We offer complimentary use of our program room for educational purposes, and free admission passes for special events and fundraising activities.

Charitable gifts are essential to making these programs possible. Funding for the Warm Welcome program comes from:

  • Donor-level memberships and unrestricted annual gifts from donors like you! Please consider a gift today.
  • Designated gifts and grants
  • Auction “Fund a Need” donations
  • Montshire Access Fund—a special fund within Montshire’s endowment
  • The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation
  • Wellborn Ecology Fund, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • David Goudy Warm Welcome Endowment Fund

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