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Welcome to the Montshire!

The Montshire is closed on Tuesdays.

Masks are required at the Montshire for people ages 3 and up. No exceptions. Thank you for helping us keep our visitors safe!

The town of Norwich, Vermont has enacted a mask mandate that requires the use of masks while indoors at locations that are open to the general public.

All visitors, including those walking the trails, need to check in at the Museum’s Admissions Desk.

Please note that there is no capacity limit indoors and the Museum can be crowded, especially on rainy days, weekends, and holidays. Please choose to visit according to what is most comfortable for you and those visiting with you.

Plan your visit and learn about the different ways to check in when you arrive.

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

Open Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 5pm. The Montshire is closed on Tuesdays.

General Admission
September through May
  • $17 for adults
  • $14 for children 2–17
  • Free for members and children under 2 years of age.
Summer Admission
June through September
  • $19 for adults
  • $16 for children 2–17
  • Free for members and children under 2 years of age.

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.

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.

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) + General Rules

  • Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building
  • 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.
  • The Museum building and Hughes Pavilion are smoke-free areas.

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

Visitors ages three and up are required to wear a face mask when inside the building. Face masks must be worn outside when interacting with Museum staff or other visitors.

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.

Maintain Social Distance

We encourage everyone in your group to maintain at least a six feet distance from other visitors or Museum staff.

Stay Together with Your Group

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

Montshire Visitor Guide

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

Welcome to the 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!

Plan Your Visit


From exhibit suggestions to a list of things to bring, find out how you can make the most of your Montshire visit.

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School &
Group Visits

Touring New England, planning a field trip, or celebrating a family reunion? Learn about our different pricing plans and program options for groups.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit

Your visit is designed to be a fun and inspiring learning experience that ignites your curiosity about science. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your visit.

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What's Happening at the Montshire

Join Montshire Science Educator Mike Fenzel for a demonstration, as well as instruction on building with snow—from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome and sawing your way out.

Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear!

Dr. Bert Yankielun, engineer and author of the book How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures, will be on hand to offer a demonstration, as well as instruction on the structural secrets of building with snow—from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome and sawing your way out. Dr. Yankielun will provide a quick lesson on how to build an igloo, and will be on hand to assist igloo-builders with the process.

Dr. Yankielun’s instructional session starts at 10am and the igloo-building portion of the day ends at 3pm.

It will be a day filled with hands-on winter activities, including one of the museum’s longest-running traditions— Igloo Build!

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