Staff Picks

Montshire Museum Staff Favorites from the Museum Store

All items listed here, and thousands more, are available for purchase at Montshire's Museum Store. Members always get 10% off!

Rebecca's picks are The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization and The Stars

Rebecca Haynes, Science Educator and Program Manager

The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct by E.O. Wilson
"I always choose this book. I love it because it gives such a wonderful overview of leaf cutters in the wild and the sheer scope and size of their underground colonies."

The Stars by H.R. Ray
"This is the best introduction to night time star gazing with easy to understand constellations and night sky charts."

Katie’s picks are Rubik's Cube and What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe Tuma

Katie Kalata Rusch, Exhibits Assistant

Rubik's Cube
"Good for adults and kids. Great intro to patterns, logic, and programming. Plus, it's FUN -- and you can't peel the stickers off the ones in the Museum Store!"

What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe Tuma
"The dinos at my house come alive every November (for Dinovember)! This book sparks kids' imaginations and makes us wonder why our toys are not where we left them..."

Travis's picks are Montshire t-shirts

Travis Stover, Custodian

Montshire T-shirts
"I like the Montshire T-shirts. They feel good and they make me feel part of the team. They are bright and cheery especially on a cloudy day. "

Jennifer's picks are Gund stuffed toys

Jennifer Rickards, Associate Director/Director of Development

Gund Stuffed Toys
"The Museum Store has an amazing collection of Gund stuffed toys. I have a houseful, and yet the collection keeps growing. I even have one from my own childhood and it’s still in great condition! "

Kimberly's picks are scarves

Kimberly Shreve, Marketing Assistant

"As a New England transplant, I'm always looking for something warm! The bright colors and soft texture of these scarves help me get through the winter."

Amy's pick is Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty

Amy VanderKooi, Science Educator and Program Manager

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
"I love the story books in this series, full of smart and creative kids who are excited about science and engineering.  This one will inspire your kids to design, create, and build all sorts of cool things as they think like an engineer. "

Trish's picks are journals and stationery

Trish Palao, Marketing and Communications Manager

Journals and stationery
"I have always been a fan of gorgeous stationery and the Museum Store has a wonderful collection of beautiful journals and notecards to choose from. Whether it's a new notebook for my to-do lists or a card I need to send to a friend, I'm guaranteed to find just what I need here. "