Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich Vermont

The Montshire Museum of Science is considered one of the best children’s museums in the US, and for good reason. The museum has some wonderful exhibits inside, but perhaps the best (and most unique) part of the museum is the outdoor water park and nature trails. The Montshire is so full of exhibits and activities that we couldn’t hope to get to all of them in a single morning, so we settled for some highlights.

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The museum is organized by subject, with exhibits on air and weather, creatures, astronomy, sound, and more. My kids were most fascinated by the creatures exhibit, especially the turtle hatchlings and leafcutter ants. We also spent a long time at the air and weather exhibit, specifically at the air cannon that can shoot a puff of air across the room into a wall of reflective discs.

We could have spent all day inside the museum, but the best part of the Montshire is outside. The museum is surrounded by 100 acres of trails, nature exhibits, and (according to their website) “the most intelligent water park in New England”. I couldn’t agree more. The Science Park, where the water exhibits are located, is an entire playground with man-made springs, creeks and waterfalls. Here kids can design fountains with plastic tubing, build dams, float balls down the stream, and best of all—learn about water in our environment and how it moves above and below the ground.

Tip: Bring towels and even swimsuits for the kids!

The museum offers a variety of programs for children and families, some of which are free with museum admission. If you live locally, the Montshire offers summer camps for kids in preschool all the way through middle school.



Date last visited:

July 15, 2012

Distance from the interstate:

The Montshire is less than a mile off of I-91 in Norwich, VT.

Hours of operation:

10am–5pm, 7 days a week, open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas


$16 for adults, $13 for children 2–17. You can also buy a two day pass (valid for two visits during a 10 day period) for $18 for adults and $15 for children. Children under 2 are free.

Food services:

Picnickers are welcome, and there is a sandwich stand in the Hughes Pavilion (by the water park) during the summer.


Montshire is located at 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, VT. Find full driving directions to Montshire.