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!

Electro Dough Kit Electro Dough Kits! 
Create sculptures and scenes using dough, then bring
them to life with light and sound! 
Seeds Hudson Valley Seed Company Art Packs
Just in time for Spring planting.  We offer a fine selection of flower and vegetable seeds for your garden recommended by Montshire's staff horticulturist.
Tinkering Kits

Montshire Tinkering Kits
Hack-a-Stuffie and Balance Sculpture have joined our Tinkering Series. Collect all six tinkering kits available at the Montshire Museum Store. 

  • Scribble Bots: Design and create a whimsical, drawing contraption powered by an off-set motor.
  • LED Bling: Create a piece of wearable, blinking art.
  • Wind Vehicle: Make and test a vehicle that is powered by a fan.
  • Twirling Tops: Design, test, and experiment until you have your own awesome, unique spinning top.
  • Balance Sculptures: Make a “magic” piece of balancing art with Balance Sculptures.
  • Hack-a-Stuffie: Re-invent a stuffed animal with Hack-A-Stuffie.

Marcos Stafne, Executive Director

Astronaut Ice Cream Astronaut Ice Cream "tastes like my childhood…growing up in Florida, near the space coast."
Magna-Tiles "are an amazing construction toy that helps kids (and adults) realize their engineering dreams with a little magnet help."
The Day the Crayons Quit
 The Day the Crayons Quit "is one of the funniest books out there and it plays on our ability to think that inanimate objects  have personalities."

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs for every home and workplace.  "What office desk is complete without a Tyrannosaurus rex chomping down on a business card?"


Heidi Underbakke, Visitor Receptionist

Pencils "I'm in love with these Rifle Paper Co. pencils. Something about putting a pretty pattern on a simple pencil makes me want to put down my phone and take a deep breath."


Rachel Donegan, Staff Educator and Program Manager
Rachel is the creative genius behind Montshire Tinkering Kits.

Tinkering Kits Montshire Tinkering Kits provide everything you need to make a scribbling robot,  awesome inventions using paper and circuits, and stylish accessories with Bling!
The Art of Tinkering The Art of Tinkering is a celebration of what it means to tinker:  to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that's part science and part technology.  Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio.
Face Painting Face Painting by the editors of Klutz is the most popular book on face painting ever published! "We use it ALL the time!"


Jennifer Rickards, Associate Director and Director of Development

Kinetic Sand Kinetic Sand breathes motion and molds into simple designs.  Playing with Kinetic Sand is a magical and mesmerizing experience for all ages.
Rat-a-Tat-Cat Rat-a-Tat Cat is a fun numbers game with  cats (and a few rats) for ages 6 and up.
In A Birthday for Bear, Bear does not like birthdays, or parties or balloons, cards or candles.  But Mouse has other ideas.
Do You Doodle?  No drawing skills required!  Just use your imagination to finish these fun scenes.


Kate Weatherly, Visitor Receptionist

Insectoid Construct this Insectoid and discover the mechanisms behind robotic movement.  It crawls, wriggles and walks!
Roominate Switch on your imagination and design your own creation with Roominate, the original wired building kit.


Carol Harry, Visitor Receptionist

KEVA Planks Take learning to new heights when you build Structures with KEVA Planks!  KEVA pine planks are blocks that stack--and stack--with surprising stability.
Pastels for Young Artists Make amazing works of art with Pastels for Young Artists. This kit includes an instruction book, art pad, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more.
Bring the wonder and magic of the universe into your own room with this glowing 3-D Solar System.