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​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 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

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

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) + How can I purchase a ticket for a visit to the Montshire?

Museum admission can be paid on the day of the visit. Advanced registration is no longer being offered. All visitors, including those walking the trails, need to check in at the Museum’s Admissions Desk.

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.

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 are the Montshire's policies to help ensure the safety and health of visitors?

The following Museum policies and visitor guidelines are in place to help ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment.

  • 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 — Montshire staff and visitors are required to wear face masks inside the building for everyone’s health and safety. Masks are required at the Museum.

  • No Eating and Drinking Inside — Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the Museum building. Outdoor spaces designated for eating are available.

  • Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene — We ask that all visitors wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry and frequently throughout their visit. 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.

  • Maintain Social Distance — Social distancing has proven to be an effective measure in decreasing the risk of infection. We encourage one visitor group per exhibit and for visitor groups to stay together (all children must stay with adults at all times).

  • Stay Together with Your Group — Visitor groups should stay together in the Museum. One visitor group per exhibit. Children must stay with their adults at all times.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Why does the Montshire have a mask requirement?

Out of an abundance of caution, masks are required at the Montshire for people ages 3 and up.

Your health and safety is important to us. We require masks because:

  • Visitors ages 0–5 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • We serve visitors from areas that have not been identified as low risk for COVID.

Thank you for helping us keep our staff and visitors safe!

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 encourage one visitor group per exhibit and for visitor groups to stay together (all children must stay with adults at all times).

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. Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the building.

Your Montshire admission is for a full day at the Museum and allows for re-entry. Restaurants nearby, such as Blue Sparrow Kitchen and King Arthur Baking Company, offer lunch options. We also encourage eating at the benches outside the Museum entrance or packing a car picnic.

During warmer months, visitors may eat at the outdoor dining space at the terrace. Appropriately spaced picnic tables outside are also 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.

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

Snacks and reusable water bottles are available for sale at the Museum Store. Water bottle filling stations are on site for visitors to use.

Please note that vending machines are no longer available for use.

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

There are three ways to shop the Museum Store:

Onsite at the Montshire
Online Store

Shoppers can browse and purchase products from the Montshire Museum Store’s online store.

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 (70+) or cold (40 and below) days. If an animal in a vehicle is consistently barking or showing other signs of stress, the visitor will be contacted by Museum staff and may be asked to leave. If the owner cannot assist, Museum staff may utilize Vermont Statute 13 V.S.A. § 386 to address the situation.