On our journey up to Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont, we decided to stop off at the Montshire Museum of Science, just across the New Hampshire border in Norwich, Vermont. My kids love science, so I thought they’d especially enjoy a visit to a new museum. Although it was a somewhat overcast day, we still enjoyed both the outdoor and indoor exhibits at the museum.
Review: The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on children’s museum offering 140 exhibits over 110 acres. The museum is located both indoors and outdoors, making it so unique among science museums.
What struck me most upon entering the Montshire Museum is how clean and open everything is. There’s lots of light too, making it bright and inviting. The exhibits are so appealing to kids, with lots of room for the kids to stand around and do some hands-on exploring. In addition to the regular exhibits, the museum also regularly hosts traveling exhibits. Check their website for details about these exhibits, as well as special programs.
My kids enjoyed visiting all of the exhibits, especially the fog machine and the bubble exhibit (where they could have stayed for hours), but the real fun for them was the outdoor water exhibits.
Because we were traveling, we hadn’t put the swimsuits in a readily accessible spot. So, my kids just explored without their suits. They just loved it though – from following a small ball downstream to turning the fountains on and off, they had a blast. If you are planning a visit in the warmer months, I definitely recommend packing swimsuits, water shoes, towels, and sunscreen. In addition to the water exhibits, you’ll find a science park, walking tour of the solar system, a garden, and more exhibits.
The Montshire Science Museum also offers a small pavilion for lunch in the summer (catered by the nearby King Arthur Flour Bakery) and loads of walking trails through the property. You are allowed to bring your own snacks and picnic lunch of you’d like to eat at the pavilion. We were there on a summer morning, and didn’t find it to be overcrowded at all.
The Museum recommends that families plan to stay for about two to three hours. We were there for about two and a half hours, and would definitely have been there for even more time if we had packing swimsuits.
Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Road
Norwich, VT 05055