Exhibits, trails, and Museum store open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on, self-guided science museum located in Norwich, Vermont. The museum, including the building and nature trails, is located on over 110 acres of land. It has over 140 exhibits on anatomy, math, astronomy, mechanics, and natural history, among others. Its live animal exhibits include a hive of honeybees that is connected to the outdoors and a colony of leafcutter ants. Outside of the museum building, there is a two acre Science Park including a scaled model of the solar system and exhibits on light, sound, and motion; among the sound exhibits there are “Whisper dishes” (parabolic dishes 40 feet apart) and a musical fence built by Paul Matisse, grandson of painter Henri Matisse.
The Montshire Museum was established in 1976 across the Connecticut River in Hanover, New Hampshire, and moved to Norwich in 1989. The name Montshire is taken from “Vermont” and “New Hampshire”.