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Group Visits at the Montshire

Thank you for your interest in a group visit at the Montshire Museum of Science! The Montshire is a hands-on museum filled with exhibits on engineering, and the natural and physical sciences. Your group will get to experiment, observe, ask questions, and explore a variety of scientific phenomena. As you plan for your visit, please review the following information. Let us know if you have any questions and when you are ready to request a visit date, please fill out the Reservation Request Form.

PRICING
Adult Price Child Price
Group Visit Adult: $16.00 Child: $13.00
Science Workshop Visit (Schools Only) Adult: $16.00 Child: $14.00

Minimum of 10 people. For reservations of 14 or greater, 2 adults receive complimentary admission. Bus drivers may enter free of charge, but not drivers of personal vehicles. Prices and policies subject to change.


GROUP VISIT TERMS and POLICIES
  • All groups must have a ratio of 1 adult (17+) for every 7 children. If your reservation request form shows too few adults, we will not be able to process your reservation.

  • Upon arrival at the museum, your group must be admitted to the museum in a single transaction.

    • If multiple admissions are needed (e.g. each classroom needs to be paid for separately), please submit multiple reservation requests.

    • The reservation request form will ask you how many adults in your group are members, and how many are paying their own admission when they arrive at the museum.

      • Adult members of the Montshire may use their member card for free entry for group visits.

        • Children of members may not use membership for entry, even if their parent is present.

        • If you are unsure how many adults are members, we will charge you for all adults in the group. You can update your reservation information 5 business days prior to your arrival.

      • Adults paying for their admission when they arrive do not qualify for the group rate as they are checked in separately. To get the group rate, please include these adults in your group payment and have them reimburse the booking organization directly.

    • On the day of the visit, please provide the admissions staff with a final count of adults and children in the group at check in.

  • We have multiple groups visiting most days, so please make sure everyone in the group has a name tag, matching T-shirts, or other distinguishing item on their person so staff can easily ascertain to which group visitors belong.

  • Accredited schools and not-for-profit organizations may choose to be invoiced after visit; other groups must pay prior to visit or at the door. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.

  • Eating is not currently allowed inside the museum. Take advantage of our outdoor spaces, eat on the bus or have your meal offsite—your admission is good all day.

  • Membership: Adult members may use their membership for entry if they bring their member card and check in separately from the group. Youth visiting with a group cannot use their parent’s membership for entry even if the parent is present.

  • Science Workshops: Science Workshops are for school groups only and are only offered on days when school is in session, at the discretion of Montshire staff. No additional discounts available. Subject to availability and staffing limitations. See a list of workshops offered below.

  • Museum Store: All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult while shopping to assist with selection and prevent inadvertent shoplifting. Unsupervised children will be asked to wait in the Admission area and their chaperone will be paged. All purchases will be kept at Admission Desk in labeled bags until group departs for the day. Please note that there is a 6% sales tax on most purchases.

  • Group visit terms may shift at discretion of Museum; new policies will be communicated by email to Group Leader listed on reservation request.


CODE OF CONDUCT

To ensure that all museum visitors have access to an educational and entertaining experience, we ask all group members to:

  1. Respect themselves, classmates, other visitors, Museum staff and Museum property during visit.
  2. Adhere to the required ratio of 1 adult to 7 children to ensure adequate supervision and engagement with museum exhibits.
  3. Understand that repeated lack of supervision or respect may impact the group visiting the Museum in the future.

CAPACITY and ENTRY TIME

The number of group visitors is limited to allow maximum access to all exhibits for both group members and general visitors. Entry time varies on the time of year.

Sept 6-April 30 and June 17-Sept. 30:

Groups may arrive as early as 10:00am when the museum opens.

May 1-June 16 (high season):

Groups may arrive as early as 9:30.Reservation is confirmed when the Group Leader receives an emailed invoice from the Montshire.

Submitting the reservation request form does not guarantee a reservation. We will evaluate your request and let you know if we have questions.

NOTE: If you are interested in hosting a party or other celebration at the Museum, please visit our Rental page for more information.