Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT

Montshire Museum of Science

After visiting Quechee Gorge, we decided to check out some local attractions in Norwich, Vermont.  The kids saw a brochure for the Montshire Museum of Science and really wanted to check it ou.  The museum is easy to find (just off exit 13 of Interstate 91), and while it doesn’t look particularly big from the outside, it is very impressive both indoors and out.

Montshire Museum of Science

My kids headed to the Bubble exhibit first, drawn in by tubes of bubbling foam, drifting bubbles, and a bubble booth.

Montshire Museum of Science Bubble Booth

Right away they were involved in hands-on experiments.

Montshire Museum of Science

Next, the kids had a blast at the Tinkering Lab, where there were supplies to create a marble run that triggered a chain reaction.  The kids got really creative and could have spent hours putting together contraptions (if it weren’t for the fact we had a long drive home!).

Montshire Museum of Science Tinkering Lab

There are many exhibits as well as programs and events, so each time you go, there are new things to see.

Montshire Museum of Science

We explored the whole museum, from aquarium tanks with turtles and fish, to trying out different musical instruments.  I found myself enjoying the museum and learning a lot too, from the live leaf cutter ant display to games to test your puzzle-solving abilities, just to name a few.

Montshire Musuem of Science

The gift shop is large and hard to miss, and it has lots of great stuff to choose from.  While my kids aren’t one to pass up an opportunity to spend money at a gift shop, it is nice that there are things available for purchase other than toys and stuffed animals.  There were quite a few science-based products that were interesting.

Montshire Museum of Science Gift Shop

What I love about this museum is that it isn’t limited to indoor exhibits.  Outside, there is much more to explore, from a splash pad and water features to interpretive trails and more.

Montshire Museum of Science

There is a pavilion with a summer cafe where you can purchase food, drinks, and frozen treats.  This is a great place to take a break and refuel when the kids get hungry.

Montshire Museum of Science

We didn’t have much time to spend outdoors, but the kids had fun with the outdoor exhibits, playing this piano and checking out a trail on our way out that explored the solar system.

Montshire Museum of Science

There are many trails on the property, and plenty of signage, which would be great from toddlers to older kids as well, since the trails range from 0.1 miles to 3 miles.  How great that you can take a break from spending time indoors and stretch your legs, let the kids burn off some energy.

Montshire Museum of Science

Our whole family had fun exploring the museum.  Everything was so well thought out, and it was fun for both the kids and adults.  The exhibits and trails are thoroughly labeled and well-designed.  I love that there is an outdoor component, and I wish we lived closer, because this is a place you could really spend the day, and it would make sense to get a membership and be able to explore all the trails, exhibits, and events on a regular basis.

Visit the Montshire Museum of Science website here.



By | 2017-08-17T02:27:54+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Family Fun, Travel|22 Comments

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  1. Alli Smith August 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    My grandkids would love to visit this museum. There are so many fun ways to enjoy science. I love that there are outside and inside exhibits and the trails are an extra bonus.

  2. candy August 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    We always take our grandchildren to these types of museums. Fun for everyone and we all learn and play at the sometime.

  3. Tomi C August 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    We are a family of museum lovers so this is right up our alley. Recently our local Museum of Discovery hosted a 21+ event. Hubby and I, along with a couple of friends, attended. It was our first time visiting the museum without our kids. It was fun and we even had our pic snapped by the local newspaper.

  4. Jeanette August 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    We love checking out these places! Sometimes places that don’t look all that impressive are some of the most impressive places I’ve been to when I check out the inside. I would love to check out this museum if I ever get out that way.

  5. Sarah Bailey August 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Oh wow this looks like such a fun museum to go to, I always think it is more fun when you can get hands on with the items around the museum and really get involved with the science.

  6. lisa August 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a fun museum! We have a science and industry museum here in Chicago and we love it. They are so much fun and there is so much to do!

  7. GiGi Eats August 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    MY HUSBAND would turn into a 11 year old boy if I took him here – LOL! He loveessssssss science!

  8. Debra J Hawkins August 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I love hands on museums for my kids! They are learning and having fun all at the same time! Love it!

  9. shelly peterson August 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    What a fun Museum this is. My kids would love to go here.

  10. Pam Wattenbarger August 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I have always enjoyed taking my kids to science museums. I love that this one has outdoor activities as well as indoor ones.

  11. Joely Smith August 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit the Montshire Museum of Science! My daughter (now 22) and I went on her school field trip to our science museum when she was 13 and it really stuck with her. She just said a few days ago how much she loved it and wants to go visit again. We are planning a trip soon. Doing things like this with your kids can really pay off. Even when they get older!

  12. Marissa Zurfluh August 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    That is impressive. My kids and science are like white on rice. They love it and can’t get enough of it. If they could do science and experiments all day at school they would prefer that.

  13. Liz Mays August 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I just love that this museum has so many hands-on activities for the kids. My kids always learned a lot when they could do things themselves.

  14. Lisa Favre August 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    The exterior of this place really doesn’t look like a museum! What a wonderful and educational place to take the family.

  15. Claudia Krusch August 17, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Montshire Museum of Science would be the perfect place for my family to check out. Science is one of our favorite things to learn about. I will have to check it out if we are ever in the area.

  16. Christina A. August 18, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Looks like a blast! We love going to educational museums and learning new things and having fun at the same time–always a good choice!

  17. Anosa August 18, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I have never been to a science museum before and often to be honest I avoid them which is weird because I love science. I love the bubble exhibit looks cool

  18. Jenn @ EngineerMommy August 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    My kids love museums like this. We went to one near us and they had a great time. It’s important to teach kids about science and this makes it fun.

  19. Chubskulit Rose August 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Museum is the best place to explore especially with kids. You get to see awesome and fascinating things, it’s very educational!

  20. adriana August 19, 2017 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Wow! This museum sounds like so much fun. I’ve never been to one like this! If I’m ever up in the area, I will definitely have to check it out!

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