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Museum FAQs

​Questions about the Montshire? Check out our frequently asked questions. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.

Planning Your Visit

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What are the Montshire's hours of operation?

The Montshire is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

We have implemented a timed ticketing system to ensure that visitors can safely maintain social distancing. Tickets must be reserved in advance for a morning arrival (10am–1pm) or afternoon arrival (1–4pm). You may arrive at any time during the session you have chosen, and you may stay as long as you wish until the Museum closes at 4pm.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What are the Montshire's admission prices?

General Admission
  • $16 for adults
  • $13 for children 2–17
  • Free for members and children under 2 years of age.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How can I purchase a ticket for a visit to the Montshire?

All visitors, including members, are required to pre-register. We have implemented a timed ticketing system to help visitors safely maintain social distancing.

Tickets must be reserved in advance for a morning arrival (10am–1pm) or afternoon arrival (1–4pm). You may arrive at any time during the session you have chosen, and you may stay as long as you wish until the Museum closes at 4pm.

You may purchase or reserve your tickets by completing our pre-registration form up to three days prior to your visit. Available dates will be shown on the form.

Visit our Plan Your Visit page for detailed instructions.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Can I purchase tickets using cash?

To limit the potential spread of infection, cashless transactions are encouraged. However, cash may be used to purchase tickets at the Admissions Desk. Please call ahead to reserve your tickets.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What is the Montshire's weather policy?

In case of severe weather conditions (such as electrical storms) or the threat of severe weather (such as thunder), visitors must take shelter in the museum building or their personal vehicles.

The Museum grounds must close if there is thunder or lightning and cannot reopen until 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.

Please check the weather forecast before your visit to help you plan accordingly.

Visitor Health and Safety

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What is the Montshire doing to help ensure the safety and health of visitors?

To help ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, we’ve made changes to our hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies.

  • Modified Hours — The Montshire is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Ticketing Process — We have implemented a timed ticketing system to help our visitors can safely maintain social distancing. All visitors, including members, are required to pre-register. Tickets must be reserved in advance for a morning arrival (10am–1pm) or afternoon arrival (1–4pm). You may arrive at any time during the session you have chosen, and you may stay as long as you wish until the Museum closes at 4pm.

  • Hand Hygiene — The Montshire has upgraded our restrooms with touchless features and increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout our building and grounds.

  • Limit Contact Surfaces — To avoid the spread of infections, we are taking steps to limit visitor contact with surfaces. Personal items must be kept with visitors at all times. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What can visitors do to help protect the safety and health of those around them?

We are excited to see our visitors, but we want to protect the health and safety of everyone at the Museum. We ask that visitors follow our guidelines.

  • Ensuring A Healthy Visit — Visitors must not enter the Montshire building or grounds if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of illness. Vermont has unique quarantine rules for out-of-state visitors. Please review Vermont’s guidelines on cross state travel. Visitors from outside Vermont must quarantine for 14 days before visiting (or 7 days followed by a negative Covid test).

  • Face Coverings and Masks — The Montshire requires that visitors over the age of three wear a face covering or mask, covering nose and mouth, when inside the building. The State of Vermont requires face masks in public spaces (indoors or outdoors), any time it is not possible to keep a six-foot distance from others who are not part of your household including 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 — Please be sure that everyone in your group stays six feet or more away from other visitors or Museum staff. No more than two groups may enter the Museum Store at one time. Restrooms are now gender neutral and posted for single person/family use.

  • Stay Together with Your Group — Visitor groups must be limited to a single household, and should stay together in the Museum. One household group per exhibit. Children must stay with their adults at all times.

  • Limit Contact with Surfaces — Personal items must be kept with visitors at all times. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building.

Navigating the Montshire

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How do I move around the Montshire’s space?

Social distancing has proven to be an effective measure in decreasing the risk of infection. We are limiting one visitor group per exhibit and ask that visitor groups stay together. Children must stay with their adults at all times. In accordance with Vermont State guidelines, visitor groups must be limited to a single household.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Is the Montshire wheelchair accessible?

Several nature trails on the Quinn Nature Preserve are wheelchair accessible with assistance. The paths in Science Park consist of loose gravel; some areas are wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Generally, the first floor exhibit spaces and bathrooms are entirely wheelchair accessible. Second floor exhibit spaces can be reached by elevator.

Visitor Amenities

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Is food and drink allowed on the site?

Visitors are welcome to eat and drink outside the Montshire building. Appropriately spaced picnic tables are available to use.

The tables and chairs in the Hughes Pavilion are for family science programs only and should not be used as an eating area. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Are food or drinks available for sale?

Bottled water and snacks are available for sale at the Museum Store. Please note that the water fountains and vending machines are not available for use.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Will the Museum Store be open?

There are two ways to shop the Museum Store:

Onsite at the Montshire

The Museum Store is open indoors for up to two family groups at one time.

Order Ahead for Curbside Pick-Up
The Montshire Museum Store now accepts phone orders for curbside pick-up.

We’re keeping the process simple and following strict protocols to keep you safe.

  • Call (802-649-2200, x241) or email carol.harry@montshire.org.

  • Let us know what you’re looking for. We’ll help you find the right item.

  • Complete the transaction by phone.

  • Your order will be ready for contactless curbside pick-up on the next convenient Tuesday or Friday.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Is there parking on site?

​There is free parking available at the Museum parking lot.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Are pets allowed at the Montshire?

Only service animals are permitted on museum grounds. Dogs and other pets are prohibited in the building and on the grounds. They are allowed in the parking lot, but must not be left in vehicles on warm days.