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Welcome to the Montshire!

The Montshire is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

No reservations are needed to visit.


The Museum can be crowded on rainy days, Saturdays, and holidays. Late afternoons tend to be quieter. Please choose to visit according to what is most comfortable for you.

All visitors, including members and those only visiting outdoors areas, need to check in at the Museum’s Admissions Desk. Click here for information about admission fees.

Adult supervision is required for all visitors under the age of 13.

Holiday Hours at the Montshire:

OPEN Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 30, 10AM - 5PM

CLOSED Sunday, December 31 for New Year’s At Noon!

OPEN Monday, January 1, 2024, 10AM - 5PM

Montshire Visitor Guide

Review our visitor guide to learn more about current exhibitions and experiences at the Montshire.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Hours and Admission

Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

General Admission
  • $20 for adults
  • $17 for children 2–17
  • Free for members and children under 2 years of age.

The Montshire does not have reciprocity with other museums and institutions. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult when on museum property.

The museum is open on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Administrative offices are closed.

The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Discounts and special admission rates

Military Discount

$2 off general admission for US military service members, veterans, and their families. Limit 6 visitors.
Details on military and veteran discount.


Warm Welcome

$3 admission for VT or NH residents with EBT card, adult Medicaid card, or free/reduced price school meals letter. Limit 6 visitors.
Learn more.


Two-Day Pass

This pass offers two days of admission to the Montshire. The second museum visit must happen 10 days after the first visit.

General Admission: September through May

  • $27 for adult two-day pass
  • $22.50 for children two-day pass (ages 2–17)

Summer Admission: June through September

  • $31 for adult two-day pass
  • $26.50 for children two-day pass (ages 2–17)

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

The Montshire’s address is 1 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.

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) + General Rules

  • Eating and drinking in permitted in the Snack Zone.
  • 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 only permitted in the Montshire parking lot.
  • Please be respectful and considerate of all others when visiting the Montshire.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult when on museum property.
  • The museum grounds are available to members and non-members alike during the Museum’s open business hours. Please refrain from visiting Science Park and the trails when the Museum is not open.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Visitor Guidelines

Visit Only if Healthy

Museum visitors must show no symptoms of illness. Visitors must not enter the Montshire building or grounds if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Face Coverings and Masks

Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene

We ask that all visitors wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry and frequently throughout their visit. We have increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout our building and grounds.

Stay Together with Your Group

Visitor groups should stay together. Children must stay with their adults at all times.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Memberships

If You Are a Member

Show your Member or Caregiver card and an ID.

Need to renew your membership? Complete a Membership Form.
Not sure if your membership is still valid? Give us a call at 802-649-2200.

If You Are Not a Member

Pay for admission when you check in. We accept all major credit cards, cash, and checks (no Apple/Google pay).

  •  Montshire’s Hours and Admission

  • Learn about available discounts. Please present all coupons, passes, etc. to staff when checking in.
    Membership is the best way to experience the Montshire! Become a member and enjoy a full year of discovery, enriching learning opportunities, and memorable family moments!

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Social Service Partners

If You Are a Social Service Partner

Please bring the laminated Social Service pass your organization was issued, or a photocopy of the pass. If you need to make other arrangements to use your pass, please contact the Visitor Services manager.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Museum Store

At the Admissions Desk, let us know you are here to shop at the Museum Store and we will admit you at no charge. If you are a member, we will still check you in by scanning your Member card. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult when in the store.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Group Visits

Visit our Group Visit page to find out about our policies and to submit your reservation request.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Anderson Center

The Anderson Center is the Montshire’s new community space, designed to offer a more accessible and inclusive experience.

This modern museum hub includes gender inclusive restrooms, a more spacious coat room, and a renovated Community Room for education programs and special events. Enjoy an even more comfortable Montshire experience with our new amenities!

Welcome to the Anderson Center

What's Happening at the Montshire

Larry Weaner, FAPLD. Photo: Kim Sokoloff

Featured Upcoming Event on March 5 at 1:00 pm

Living in the Liberated Landscape with Larry Weaner

All too often in our gardens and landscapes we think of static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic—and arguably more rewarding—than that by taking advantage of plants’ natural abilities to reproduce and proliferate. Learn how Larry combines design with the reproductive abilities of plants as well as ecological processes to create compelling, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. Using examples from his own property as well as diverse client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Bio: Larry Weaner, FAPLD, president and founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, established New Directions in the American Landscape in 1990. He is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration. Profiled in national publications, his design and restoration work spans more than 20 US states and the UK. His book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) received an American Horticultural Society (AHS) Book Award in 2017. In 2021 Larry received the AHS Landscape Design Award and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Award of Distinction.

To register please visit the Hanover Garden Club.

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