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Plan Your Visit

Explore more than 125 hands-on exhibits indoors and out, and experience a variety of engaging programs.

First-Time Visitors

We recommend a 2+ hour visit, and don’t try to do everything on your first visit.

  • Check out our current exhibits and check the calendar for the schedule of activities.
  • Go outdoors and explore the trails, with trailside exhibits. Stop by Woodland Garden, David Goudy Science Park, or Planet Walk, a walking tour of the solar system.
  • For families with children five and under, Andy’s Place is a great place to start your visit.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, look for a Montshire Explainer (wearing red aprons), or anyone with a Montshire nametag. We’re here to help!
  • Before you leave, visit the Museum Store for an outstanding selection of books, science kits, toys, gifts, and more.
  • Use the Visitor Guide to help you find your way around the Museum.
  • Check the kiosk for a list of activities for the day and for ideas of things to do both inside and outside the building.

Some items to bring when you visit:

  • During warm months, swimsuit, water shoes, sunscreen, and a towel for the water exhibits in Science Park (late spring through early fall).
  • Comfortable walking shoes (or boots in the winter) for the trails.
  • A camera for the many great photo opportunities.
  • Binoculars for observing birds and wildlife.
  • Snacks and lunch if you wish to picnic. Picnic benches are located outdoors and in the Hughes Pavilion. There is also a dining area available for lunch. Food service is available during the summer.

Group Visits

Whether your group is touring New England, participating in a camp field trip, or celebrating a family reunion, the Montshire is a great place to visit.

Groups of ten or more receive discounted admission, with a confirmed group reservation.

Group rates are only available with an advance reservation and are based on availability.

To book a group reservation, please complete this field trip form. If you have additional questions, you may call 802-649-2200, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Space is limited, please book early.

School Year Group Rates (September 4—June 21)
Regular Price Group Rate
Adult $16.00 $14.00
Child (2-17) $13.00 $11.00
Child under 2 Free Free
Summer Group Rates (June 24–Labor Day)
Regular Price Group Rate
Adult $18.00 $15.50
Child (2-17) $15.00 $12.50
Child under 2 Free Free

The Montshire provides exceptional opportunities to engage students of all ages as they explore and discover the physical and natural world. Each year more than 15,000 students participate in a school visit to the Montshire. School group visits may include special demonstrations from Museum Explainers. An advance reservation is required and subject to availability. Visit School Groups & Workshops for more information.

VisitPlus Workshop

Combine a Museum visit with a hands-on workshop taught by Montshire’s professional science teachers. Choose from a wide range of 45-60 minute workshops.

NOTE: The Montshire cannot offer free admission to members visiting with groups. Groups enjoy a discount on admission, along with pre-registration, orientation, and other supports.